Welcome to the SUSFOOD Meta Knowledge Base


SUSFOOD is the acronym for SUStainable FOOD production and consumption.

The European transnational research cooperation project, consists of a network of 25 partners from 16 European countries.
As an ERA-Net, SUSFOOD aims at setting up a European strategic research agenda by increasing cooperation and synergy between the European partners. SUSFOOD will enhance collaboration and coordination between research programmes on sustainable food production and consumption.
The strategic goal of SUSFOOD is to reinforce the scientific cooperation between EU member and associated states in order to maximise the contribution of research to the development of food systems aiming at more sustainability from production to consumption.

Read more at www.susfood-era.net

The SUSFOOD Meta Knowledge Base
Using the SUSFOOD Meta Knowledge Base (MKB), an overview of the existing research will be achieved. The analysis of the current research will enable formulating synergies, gaps and overlaps in European research and will form the basis for formulating future research needs. Finally, the process will result in the supporting of corresponding research topics.

Benefits of the SUSFOOD database input for researchers:
• Posting research projects gives access to participation in the calls: February 2013 and January 2014.
• Posting research projects enables directing future research
• The database forms a platform for researchers to exchange information and to expand networks


The first MKB output: the SUSFOOD Country Report Book (download here):

The Country Report data of the SUSFOOD ERA-NET was recently updated and collected in a handy book format. The content of the book is based on the MKB data. The book is a wonderful SUSFOOD promotion tool and is a valuable resource for researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders. It gives an overview of the research landscape throughout the 16 SUSFOOD Member States. Research institutes, funding bodies, and national research programmes make the main share of this book. This book is more than just a snapshot of the current European research in the field of the sustainability of the food chain. It forms the basis for future SUSFOOD actions designed to build and implement a common research strategy at European level.
This book is an excellent basis for creating networks and for finding suitable research partners for further SUSFOOD or other actions for Public research teams, industrial partners and SMEs.

A limited amount of copies of this book can be obtained via the SUSFOOD partners. You can find your countries' SUSFOOD partner via the Country Pages.
A digital version can be downloaded here.


The SUSFOOD scope (Download)

The SUSFOOD scope is divided into 4 domains and more subdomains encompassing a broad aspect on sustainable food. Within each of this subdomain, the scope is defined by several bulletpoints:
Domain 1. Valorisation of food and food products

  • 1.1. Valorisation of food sources
  • 1.2. Valorisation of food influencing consumer health and welfare

Domain 2. Engineering of the food production chain/system

  • 2.1. Resource efficiency
  • 2.2. Improved quality
  • 2.3. Sustainable technologies
  • 2.4. Decreasing environmental emissions and impacts

Domain 3. Consumer preferences and behaviour

  • 3.1. Consumer communication and decision support
  • 3.2. Consumer attitudes and behaviour
  • 3.3. Food by branding

Domain 4. Holistic view – Link dimensions