New report: Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement in Europe: An Action Plan for Sustainability

RPPThe Revaluing Public Food Procurement CoP of the Foodlinks project has published a new and innovative report: “Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement in Europe: An Action Plan for Sustainability”. This is the outcome of a unique collaboration between policy-makers, practitioners and scientists working together during the FOODLINKS project.

A selection of inspiring best practice – case studies from Malmö (Sweden), Rome (Italy), East Ayrshire (Scotland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Vienna (Austria) – is presented, with the aim of providing an overview of what change is happening across Europe. Continue reading

Voedseltuinen: local food for the low income in the Netherlands?

The Rural Sociology Group is looking for a Master student.

Local and organic food is hip in the Netherlands nowadays though it is often seen as being quite exclusive and not accessible for people with low income. Are there examples in the Netherlands of local, healthy food for low income people?

The voedseltuin (food garden) is a recent phenomenon (since 2011) that seems to be doing just that. In general, the voedseltuin can be described as a place where mostly low income volunteers collectively grow food for themselves and for the food bank. Hence, the voedseltuin is different from an allotment garden.

Why are these gardens popping up in different cities in the Netherlands? The aim of this research will be to explore the voedseltuinen: What are their aims, who are behind it? What are their ideas about food? Is it about having enough food, cheap food or healthy food or is it about something else? And how do these initiatives work out in practice? Are they able to merge their aims with their actual activities?

The student is expected to interview initiators and participants of voedseltuinen in the Netherlands which can become part of a Master thesis research.

Interested students can contact Femke Hoekstra, Rural Sociology Group
femke.hoekstra@wur.nl

Foodlinks News (June 2013)

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The latest issue of Foodlinks News is out!

Read about our meeting in Scotland and about some inspiring food initiatives in Edinburgh. Or about the short food supply chain CoP and the important meeting they had on slaughtering and meat processing with some experts in Austria. The newsletter also includes some accounts of the value of participation experienced by members of the public food procurement CoP as well as a short-list of  some of our favourite knowledge brokerage tools!

Would you also like to become a member? Sign up for the Short Food Supply Chain, Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement or Urban Food Strategies CoP!

The FOODLINKS project brings together different types of knowledge and experience from research, policy and civil society representatives. FOODLINKS organises a collective process of sharing and integrating this knowledge around particular problems of food systems. You can read more about us on our website and if you would like to receive the next edition of Foodlinks News you can subscribe here.

Foodlinks News issue 4

Photo report by Leo Dvortsin

Photo report by Leo Dvortsin

The latest issue of Foodlinks News is out!

In the newsletter, you can find a short report on the meeting of the urban food strategies CoP in Tukums, Latvia as well as a photo report from Leo Dvortsin (Purefood) on his secondment with Willem&Drees.

Please also register for our upcoming webinar on urban food strategies!

Would you also like to become a member? Sign up for the Short Food Supply Chain, Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement or Urban Food Strategies CoP!

A key characteristic of the Foodlinks project is that it brings together different types of knowledge and experience from research, policy and civil society representatives. Foodlinks organises a collective process of sharing and integrating this knowledge around particular problems of food systems. You can read more about Foodlinks on our website and if you would like to receive the next edition of Foodlinks News you can subscribe here.

Foodlinks News Issue 2

The latest issue of Foodlinks News is out!

You can read about our visit to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain where we had a meeting with the City Council about new initiatives on organic peri-urban agriculture. We also share with you some stories from members of the urban food strategies community of practice (CoP). What kind of value did they get from participating in this CoP?

Furthermore you can see a list of upcoming and past events, new library resources as well as a list of some of our new members.

Would you also like to become a member? Sign up for the Short Food Supply Chain, Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement or Urban Food Strategies CoP!

A key characteristic of the Foodlinks project is that it brings together different types of knowledge and experience from research, policy and civil society representatives. Foodlinks organises a collective process of sharing and integrating this knowledge around particular problems of food systems. You can read more about Foodlinks on our website and if you would like to receive the next edition of Foodlinks News you can subscribe here.  

Foodlinks News

Here you can find the first edition of Foodlinks News! In this newsletter we would like to update you on the activities of the Foodlinks project and its communities.

A key characteristic of the Foodlinks project is that it brings together different types of knowledge and experience, not only from research but also more practical and tacit knowledge from policy and civil society representatives. Foodlinks organises a collective process of sharing and integrating this knowledge around particular problems of food systems. You can read more about Foodlinks on our website and if you would like to receive the next edition of Foodlinks News you can subscribe here.

Would you like to become a member of one of our communities? Sign up for the Short Food Supply Chain, Revaluing Public Procurement or Urban Food Strategies Community of Practice!

HappySixtyFive

The Rural Sociology group in Wageningen is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To celebrate this we decided to collect some of the stories from the people working here or who have been part of this group in the past. We asked them about how they started working with rural sociology issues, stories about their time here and things they look forward to.

Our hope is that through their accounts we can get to know a little bit more about the story of our group, its people, and where we are headed.

So, please click around, enjoy, and… Happysixtyfive RSO!

A Sociology of Farm-Level Animal Disease Awareness, Knowledge and Practices – Fully-funded PhD Studentship

We seek to recruit a PhD student who will adopt a qualitative research approach to sociologically explore the nature of land managers’ knowledge, experiences and practices in relation to farm animal diseases in Scotland.  The studentship is part of the Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology, Population Health and Disease Control (EPIC) and is funded by the Scottish Government.  The studentship will begin 1st October 2012. Continue reading