TRANSFOOD: IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY IMPACTS OF TRANSNATIONAL FOOD VALUE CHAINS
At a glance
- Project leader: Matthias Stucki
- Co-project leader: Prof. Clandio Favarini Ruviaro, Isabel Jaisli
- Project team: Regula Keller, Sonja Trachsel
- Project budget: EUR 17'000
- Project status: completed
- Funding partner: Federal government (Staatssekretariat für Forschung, Bildung und Innovation SBFI)
- Project partner: Universidade Federal de Grande Dourados
- Contact person: Matthias Stucki
Globalisation of the food trade leads to various impacts on the
economy, the environment, and society. Emerging economies that have
expanded their agricultural trade and have become net agricultural
exporters are particularly affected. The proposed research
collaboration aims at combining interdisciplinary research
expertise from Switzerland and Brazil in order to conduct a
preliminary project on sustainability impacts of transnational food
value chains using value chains from Brazil to Switzerland as an
example. The seed money will support the establishment of a
research cooperation between Swiss and Brazilian researchers in the
field of environmental sciences, agricultural sciences and rural
development for joint research in the field of sustainability and
impacts of food value chains.
The preliminary project will address the following research questions:
- What are the key impacts of global food value chains in emerging economies on the natural environment and society?
- Which commodities and value chains have the greatest potential for improvement of associated impacts on the environment and society?
- Which methods and indicators are most effective to assess the sustainability impacts of food vale chains?
The project will start in January 2018 with literature research
on major commodities, hotspots, risks, and opportunities on the
value chain. As a central element, a joint workshop will be held in
Dourados, Brazil, where the researchers will develop approaches for
a larger full-scale project. In the final part of the project, a
full project proposal will be jointly prepared and submitted to a
funding agency in December 2018. Methods used in the full-scale
project will be complete Life Cycle Analysis and the Dynamic
Computable General Equilibrium Model of Brazil to analyse the
relationship between food production, economic value, and social
and environmental issues.
Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie (SGA): Zukunft der Familienbetriebe?, Wädenswil, 5. April 2019.
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-3319
13th European IFSA Symposium, 1-5 July 2018, Chania (Greece).
13th European IFSA Symposium, Chania, Greece, 1-5 July 2018.
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania.