Academic Research

HORIZON 2020

NEXTFOOD – Educating the next generation of professionals in the agrifood system

NEXTFOOD drives the crucial transition to more sustainable and competitive agrifood and forestry systems development by designing and implementing education and training systems to prepare budding or already practising professionals with competencies to push the green shift in our rapidly changing society.

NEXTFOOD challenges the linear view of knowledge transfer as a top-down process from research to advice and practice, and support the transition to more learner-centric, participatory, action-based and action-oriented education and learning in agrifood and forestry systems.


SCIENTIFIC MANAGER: Paola Migliorini

OTHER UNISG RESEARCHERS INVOLVED: Natalia Rastorgueva

PARTNERSHIP: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet – Uppsala (Sweden), Lunds Universitet (Sweden), Universitatea Din Oradea (Romania), Jihoceska Univerzity V Ceskych Budejovicich (Czech Republic), Norges Miljo-Og Biovitenskaplige Universitet – Oslo (Norway), American Farm School Post-Secondary Educational And Training Association – Thessaloniki (Greece), Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Bioinstitut – Olomouc (Czech Republic), Forestry Research Institute Of Sweden – Uppsala (Sweden), Agronutriotional Cooperation Of The Region Of Central Macedonia – Thessaloniki (Greece), Center International De Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Mediterraneennes (France), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe EV – Bonn (Germany), Sekem Development Foundation – Cairo (Egypt), Mekelle University – Macallè (Ethiopia), Alexandreio Technologiko Ekpaideitiko Idryma Thessalonikis – Thessaloniki (Greece), Iseki-Food Association – Vienna (Austria), Professionshojskolen Metropol – Copenhagen (Denmark), Universidad De Chile – Santiagio de Chile (Chile)

DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 48 months

FUNDING INSTRUMENT: European Union – Horizon 2020. RUR-13-2017 Building a future science and education system fit to deliver to practice (grant agreement No 771738)

WEBSITE: https://www.nextfood-project.eu/

 

Description

NEXTFOOD drives the crucial transition to more sustainable and competitive agrifood and forestry systems development by designing and implementing education and training systems to prepare budding or already practising professionals with competencies to push the green shift in our rapidly changing society.

NEXTFOOD challenges the linear view of knowledge transfer as a top-down process from research to advice and practice, and support the transition to more learner-centric, participatory, action-based and action-oriented education and learning in agrifood and forestry systems.

In several pioneering case studies, covering agrifood and forestry systems in Europe, Asia and Africa, farmers solve real challenges related to sustainability together with researchers, students and other relevant stakeholders while developing both green technical skills and soft collaborative competencies.

NEXTFOOD assures quality in research and education by creating a peer-review system for evaluation of practice-oriented research outputs focusing on sustainability and practical usefulness. In addition, develops an international accreditation framework for education and training in fields relevant to sustainable agrifood and forestry systems.

An innovative action research process guides the NEXTFOOD project’s development in a cyclical manner, ensuring that the research process and actual case studies are ever-improving.

This exemplifies how practice-oriented research can be instrumental to achieve: better collaboration between university and society, more innovation in the agrifood and forestry systems sector, and a progressive agrifood community ready to tackle complex sustainability challenges of the 21st century.