Bringing children closer to agriculture

As a result of the urbanization, children in Flanders (Belgium) are losing their connection with nature and agriculture. To prevent this from happening, new collaborations between the agricultural sector and schools are being formed.  A new project called “Boerderleren” was set up, supported by the province of Antwerp, Flanders and the European Union. The goal of this project is for children from primary school to become acquainted with agriculture and to discover new interests and talents. The program [...]

2021-05-14T12:23:12+02:00May 14th, 2021|News, UGent|

The effect of COVID-19 on Short Food Supply Chains in Flanders

Due to the covid-19 health crisis, in Flanders (Belgium) more people are buying directly from farmers. The reason for this is that consumers are more invested in supporting local economies. An increasing interest of consumers in sustainability and the need for a connection with the origin of our food, also contributes to the increased  importance of short food supply chains.  The increased demand for farm products resulted in an increased supply by farmers. Farmers who want to start [...]

2021-03-16T17:35:34+02:00March 17th, 2021|News, UGent|

HOW TRANSPARENT short food supply chains are?

You definitely have heard about transparency and how it is considered to be a key priority on the European agenda to enhance farmers’ position in the food supply chain. Market transparency is identified as a tool to foster effective conditions of competition along the food supply chain by reducing current information asymmetries. Farmers have rather limited price/supply/demand information, whereas their prices are transparent. This information gap undermines farmers’ trust in food supply chains and hampers their decision making.  In the [...]

2020-05-22T11:51:11+02:00May 22nd, 2020|News, UGent, Universities|

14th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks (IGLS Forum)

Garmisch-P (Germany) – 10 – 14 February, 2020 Adrienn Molnár from UGENT attended the 14th International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks. The theme and background of the IGLS Forum was on the production and marketing of food taking place in an interdependent dynamic system, the food system, involving activities of enterprises in chains and networks in agriculture, food processing, and retail and consumers, media, and an institutional environment for policy, marketing, and management support. Among the actors of [...]

2020-03-19T11:20:26+02:00March 26th, 2020|News, UGent, Universities|

GOOD PRACTICES of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs)

The SKIN project (Short supply chain knowledge and innovation network) ( is an ambitious initiative in the domain of Short Food Supply Chain (SFSC), which aims to systematize the existing knowledge, fostering demand-driven innovation, building long-term collaboration among European farmers and cooperatives, facilitate stakeholders engagement and promote innovation through demand-driven research in the short food supply chain domain. It deals with re-connecting the two extremities of the food supply chain, reconciling producers with citizens, stimulating mutual trust and establishing a short chain based on common values on food, its origin and [...]

2019-10-28T13:04:11+02:00October 28th, 2019|News, UGent, Universities|

EDULEARN19: 11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Palma de Mallorca (Spain) - 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July, 2019 Adrienn Molnár from UGENT attended EDULEARN19. This conference welcomed more than 800 participants from more than 80 different countries and created an international atmosphere where inspirational ideas and perspectives on education were widely shared and discussed. Given that eTOMATO aimed at creating an educational offer for easing the uptake of new business practices respecting the Multifuntional Agriculture (MA) framework, EDULEARN19 and eTOMATO share their passion and commitment [...]

2019-10-11T18:14:09+02:00September 3rd, 2019|Conferences, News, UGent, Universities|

The farmers marketplace of restaurants

Quality ingredients for the HoReCa industry is a marketplace that connects small and medium producers with restaurants( and brings innovation to food supply chains. Small and medium producers of quality ingredients can upload their fresh and processed food products to the marketplace, which can then be ordered by restaurants and chefs. controls the quality of the uploaded food produts and also takes care of the entire logistics. current supply in Central-Europe, but itslong term [...]

2019-10-11T18:18:06+02:00June 6th, 2019|News, UGent, Universities|

Off to market: but which one? Understanding the participation of small-scale farmers in short food supply chains

Some research has identified the elements that impact the importance small-scale farmers attach to different marketing channels of short food supply chains. In other words, which farmers choose which markets to seel their produce. In this research, two entirely different types of markets that are considered are: “conventional” markets, with no restrictions on locality, where the farmer-market relationship is based on binding contracts, and “farmers’ markets” where only local farmers can sell ad hoc, and where they use [...]

2019-10-11T17:43:53+02:00March 22nd, 2019|News, UGent, Universities|