Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security (TRANSMANGO)

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European Comission

7th framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration, Collaborative project, FP7-KBBE.2013.2.5-01


TRANSMANGO  aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change on European and global food demand and on raw material production. The research focuses on the vulnerability and resilience of European food systems in a context of socio-economic, behavioral, technological, institutional and agro-ecological change and aims to enhance understanding of the new challenges and opportunities that the food sector will face in the future. More information on TRANSMANGO at transmango.eu. 


Specific objectives

Objective 1:
To design an integrated conceptual framework around FNS (food and nutrition security) that encompasses the food system as a whole - from EU consumers to global ecosystems

  • Objective 1.1: To capture the multidimensionality of FNS and the complexity of its drivers
  • Objective 1.2: To develop a vulnerability matrix that aims to identify vulnerability dimensions and drivers of vulnerabilities and that facilitates the identification of food system vulnerabilities in a European context – both at the EU and the local level

Objective 2:
To develop new system modelling approaches to capture the vast empirical diversities of food securities, vulnerabilities and sovereignties

Objective 3:
To improve the assessment of FNS vulnerabilities through three specific initiatives:

  • Objective 3.1: An exploration of multi-actor scenarios and transition pathways towards improved FNS
  • Objective 3.2: The development of a combination of futures methods to scope future contextual change (beyond forecasting) and transition pathways towards more desirable food system configurations
  • Objective 3.3: The assessment of the impacts of these transition pathways on European and global food demand and production

Objective 4:
To generate a comprehensive picture of the effects of global drivers of change on the European food system

Objective 5:
To formulate recommendations for EU policy makers in order to promote social innovation that contributes to medium- and long-term FNS

Objective 6:
To disseminate findings about the likely impact of global drivers of change on the EU food system amongst a broad range of different stakeholders, including industrial key players in the EU food system, small-scale producers and the third sector.

Participant: Tiina Silvasti