Co-creation of sustainable food supply chains through Cooperative Business Models and Governance (CO-SFSC)
Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in the Ukraine reveal unsustainable features of conventional, globalized food supply chains, including significant GHG emissions, food insecurity, high food prices, injustices against workers, and dependence on trade partners violating human rights. Various efforts have been undertaken to transform food supply chains (FSC) towards sustainability by reducing transport, paying fair prices, adding value in the region of origin, adopting worker safety standards, and increasing accountability along the supply chain from production to consumption. Cooperative business models, such as worker or consumer cooperatives, as well as cooperative governance such as food policy councils or community-supported agriculture adopt many of these sustainable practices. Yet, there is little empirical, comparative research on how to implement sustainable food supply chains through cooperative models.
The goal of CO-SFSC is to assess current food supply structures (incl. their supporting ecosystems like policies, financing, training) and to develop sustainable ones through innovation and transfer of cooperative business and governance models. CO-SFSC will co-create knowledge, visions, plans and small-scale experimentations on how to innovate, convert, and strengthen FSC in different socio-cultural-political contexts
Research across five "hubs"
Co-SFSC coordinates transdisciplinary research, incl. experiments, across five research “hubs” and with six teams in Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany and the U.S., building a Community of Practice for mutual learning (Lave & Wenger 1998).
Find more information on each Hub:
Rebecka Milestad of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden describes the role of cooperatives in Sweden, the history and background of the project, what the "diet for a green planet" is, and Rebecka's greatest hopes for the future of food supply chains in Sweden.Read more
Aylin Topal of Middle East Technical University explains the history, background and goals for the Turkish hub.Read more
Pia Laborgne of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) sat down with the project’s communications lead, Ashley Colby of SCORAI, to discuss the Co-SFSC Belmont Forum funded project, what it is, how it is designed, and the ways you can follow along.Read more
The KIT team welcomed representatives from each of the six total countries to come to Germany for a Kick-Off meeting between July 1st and 3rd, 2023. During this meeting, participants exchanged, discussed and explored ideas and expectations for meaningful content that will help for the next three years working on the research project.Read more