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23 / 09 / 2015

Regfood’s achievements and lessons learned

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Lessons Learned Just Ahead

In the following presentation you can read more about the achievements and lessons learned for the entire project period.

Topics include;

  • Trends in the food system and production
  • Initials for the project’s intervention
  • Rational for the project’s strategy
  • Achievements in the field of research, education of students and capacity-building of food producers.
  • Lessons learned

Regfood project achievements and lessons learned

Love your local market

In May 2015 Europe celebrates its market culture for the third time. From 13.05. – 27.05.2015 about 900 events were held on markets around Europe. From 21.05. – 22.05.2015 Rostock participated for the first time, also. The two days of action took place at the Rostock Neuen Markt  – in the Idea of “A market to touch”. For this purpose, in addition to the familiar local retailers for the first time more players in local and regional food in the region of Rostock got the chance to present their products and interests. The REGFOOD project is committed to improving the marketing of local and regional foods in the South Baltic Region and therefore supported the local action with the printing of campaign-bags. Inga Knospe (Chief Executive- Grossmarkt Rostock GmbH) thanked Prof. Dr. Andreas Diettrich (Department of Economic and founding education) for the support by the project.

10 / 07 / 2015

Internships

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In 2015, total of 15 students from UCSJ and University of Kristianstad have participated in internships with local food producers in Denmark and Sweden.

The main part of the internships included the development and implementation of a relevant, for a local food producer, marketing project that was based on a field research by the students. Such student-driven projects allowed students to learn a lot about the business situation for the host food producer.

In its turn, the local food producers gained new knowledge and valuable input in those areas where they did not have sufficient resources themselves.

Based on the experiences from their internships, the students produced reports and subsequently presented them in their home institutions.

 

 

09 / 07 / 2015

Mini-Workshops

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On June 6 and June 12 mini-workshops were held at Farmers Market in Sorø, Denmark and at Gaarden – House of Culinary Heritage, Bornholm, Denmark (Gaarden – Bornholms Madkulturhus).

The purpose of the mini-workshops was to disseminate the lessons learned from the RegFood project, to the primary project’s target group, i.e. local food producers and customers.

06 / 07 / 2015

Closing Conference September 2015

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Events Concept

On September 14-15 2015 a conference will be held in Kristianstad, Sweden. The participants will consist of project partners, students, instructors, food producers and local and regional food network representatives.

Highlights from the agenda:

Monday September 14: Presentation of the project and anthology. Participants will receive a copy of the book.

  • Sharing experiences of the project, background to the conference (Anton Petrenko, Project Manager RegFood)
  • Presentation of the anthology by the editors and authors
  • Sessions where the authors will present their chapters. Collecting ideas/questions from the audience for future research.

Tuesday September 15: lecture about new ways to describe local and regional food and show ways for students and producers to cooperate.

  • Presentation “A model for the local and regional Food for tomorrow” (Martin Ragnar, PhD)
  • Exchanging knowledge and experience for innovation, Examples of activities in the project. (Philipp Brinkman, University of Münster)
  • Experience of internship-projects at Ankerhus and Kristianstad University
  • Experience from the pilot course, German student
  • Experience from the workshop for networking managers
  • Future challenges for Local and Regional Food
  • Producer and student interaction

You can find the full program here:

Regfood closing conference September 2015

 

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One of the major outcomes of the collaboration of project partners will be a publication of an anthology in a book form, entitled “Interdisciplinary perspectives on local and regional food in the South Baltic region”. The anthology will cover history, current state and future trends in local and regional food production in the South Baltic regions of Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. More specifically, it will elaborate on the concept of local and regional food, its underlying social and economic benefits for consumers and producers, and present some real cases. Overall, the anthology will build on lessons learned from the capacity building workshops and research conducted by project partners throughout the project life-time. As the project-team of RegFood consists of teachers/researchers from many different disciplines there will be a very broad view of the subject. Some of the chapters are perhaps a bit provocative too!

The anthology is also thought to be used for education, that can be given to students at universities studying small scale food production, or to small scale producers who would like to develop.

The anthology is planned to be released at the final conference on September 14 -15. The book will also be available at the RegFood website.

 

02 / 03 / 2015

Extension of the project

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The Regfood project is extended until 30 September 2015.

26 / 02 / 2015

Network Managers Workshop

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On 18-20 February 2015 REGFOOD project organized a capacity building workshop in Copenhagen for 19 managers of 14 food networks from the four partner countries, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Lithuania.

The aim of the workshop was (1) to facilitate the acceptance and discussion of the concept of local and regional food by food networks, and (2) to facilitate exchanging experiences between food network managers in the regional food sector.

Some of the headlines from the workshop program are as follows:

  • What are current challenges for food networks?
  • How to develop a business strategy for food networks
  • How can food networks support innovation and business development?
  • How food networks can increase their members’ satisfaction?

In the following you can read  statements from three of the participants based on the workshop.

Vaida Juodzevičiūtė – Vegetable farmer, Local farmers market, Lithuania. https://www.facebook.com/svieziadezute?fref=ts

“Networking is very important to small regional food businesses, because it can help sustainability and growth of the business”

“The workshop was very interesting – meeting other network managers and learning about the importance of setting short/long term goals and keep working on them”

“I have now learned how to bring more structure into the network by using the goalset strategy”

Christel Hamman Malmgren, Food Experience Blekinge, Sweden. www.smakupplevelseblekinge.se

“Cooperation/networking is very important because it strengthens the prosperous of the company and can help growth”

“At the workshop I discovered a new network from different countries with whom I can exchange experiences. I also learned new tools and are now aware of importance of using them. I am also more aware of how/why I’m working in a certain direction”

Sandra Dinny Rebild, Farmers Market Sorø, Denmark. https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsoroe?fref=ts

“Networking can help consolidate our business. It’s important because informal networking is not enough now – we need a shared end-goal”
“The short term goal of my network is to agree on the long term goal, which is to ensure growth of the farmers market”

“In particular I found the session about food network strategies, goals and activities interesting from the workshop. I also liked the exercise with the SWOT analysis of the network – I will use these tools to introduce the thoughts of implementing short/long term goals and the evaluation of these”

 

 

06 / 01 / 2015

Pilot course evaluation

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From may 22-25 2014 a pilot course was held in Kristianstad, Sweeden.

The aim of the course was to test the teaching material for the REGFOOD course, which will be implemented in an online course at the four partner institutions.

Afterwords the course has been evaluated – you can read about it in the document below:

Pilot Course Evaluation


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