FOODLINKS was a collaborative project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission with the purpose of evaluating knowledge brokerage activities to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations.
The project was carried out by a consortium of 14 partners (universities, regional and local governments and civil society organizations) from 9 European countries.
The issue central to the FOODLINKS project was sustainable food production and consumption - one for which there is a significant body of research. The aim of this project was to exploit the existing food research reservoir in novel and innovative ways in cooperation with researchers, policy makers and civil society organisations.
The FOODLINKS project aimed at developing and experimenting with new ways of linking research to policy-making in the field of sustainable food consumption and production. The project partners leveraged new technologies such as social media to balance the constraints imposed by geographic, cultural and hierarchical barriers.
The core methodology involved collective learning among these groups and therefore requires a shared learning agenda with frequent opportunities to participate in conversation - virtual or otherwise - that was xpected to eventually reach out to an extended community, multiplying the knowledge pool further.
For more information visit project's website: http://www.foodlinkscommunity.net/foodlinks-home.html.