Meet the NextFOOD project: A Collaborative and Action-Oriented Learning Model

NextFOOD drives the crucial transition to more sustainable and competitive agri-food and forestry systems development by designing and implementing education and training systems to prepare budding or already practicing 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 agri-food and forestry systems.

In several pioneering case studies, covering agri-food 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 agri-food and forestry systems sector, and a progressive agri-food community ready to tackle complex sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

For more information on NextFOOD check out the project website: https://www.nextfood-project.eu/

Project ID

Funding: Horizon 2020, European Union
Call: Rural Renaissance – Fostering Innovation and Business Opportunities
Topic: RUR-13-2017 Building a future science and education system fit to deliver to practice
Grant agreement: No 771738
Coordinator: Dr. Martin Mellin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden
Duration: May 2018 to May 2022

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