On 16-17 May 2019, AREPO participated in the fourth Strength2Food Annual meeting that took place in Serbia, at the Faculty of Economics of Belgrade University.
AREPO was invited to participate in this project as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB), made up of 9 experts from both research and industry, whose role is to advice and help guide the strategic direction of the project, as well as to support the dissemination of the project’s results. Some of the SAB members attended the meeting to interact directly and share knowledge with WP Leaders and project partners.
The Strength2Food consortium and the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) were officially welcomed by Belgrade University, and gathered together to discuss progress to date and the project’s results on the following topics: Food Quality Schemes (WP5), Public Sector Food Procurement (WP6), Short Food Supply Chains (WP7), Pilot actions (WP9).
Furthermore, partners were updated on the project communication and dissemination activities (WP2) and they also exchanged views on how to make the upcoming massive open online course (MOOC) most effective.
The last day focused on the upcoming activities (policy recommendations and practitioner tools (WP10) and hybrid forums (Task 2.4)) and publication strategies to further disseminate the project results. The two-days annual meeting ended with Consumer Analysis (WP8) discussions over the dissemination of results and a final meeting with the SAB, to discuss the direction of the project, its pilot actions, and ways to corroborate impact and engage other stakeholders.
Strength2Food is a 5-year EU-funded project that started in March 2016. S2F aims at providing the EU and its Member States with evidence-based recommendations on quality policy implementation.