What is FUTUREFOOD6
FUTUREFOOD6 is a Specific Support Action (SSA) project financed by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). It will help to assist the total food chain in Central and Eastern European countries to reach international food and wine quality and safety standards, and in turn, enhance European competitiveness as a whole by developing an industry around food and wine, which is synonymous with safety, diversity, sophistication and products of high quality wine and food.
The objectives of the project are:
1.To promote a new decision-making culture among managers and policy-makers in order to put quality and safety issues into the centre of the total wine and food chain management.
2. To identify future key technologies and new business models to promote the quality and safety requirements in wine and food production, by establishing a Wine & Food Quality and Safety Platform in CEE countries.
Food and wine quality and safety are crucial aspects of human life and are, therefore, prime policy objectives of the EU. Food and wine clubs quality and safety have to be secured through regulations with regard to inputs, production processes, outputs, transportation, storage, packaging, labeling, documentation of origin and the like, for creating an adequate infrastructure for wine and food markets and their smooth development. Food and wine club reviews help but new safety standards are a must. The wine and food industries in the CEE are undergoing sweeping ownership, technological, organizational and financial changes. The new decision-making processes should put a strong emphasis on safety and quality standards. Substantial changes in financial services, wholesale markets, commodities exchange, price information, transportation facilities and infrastructure are also needed.
The FUTUREFOOD6 project is fully financed by the European Commission´s 6th Framework Programme and is been coordinated by UNIDO.
- Integration of new concepts in relation with the total food and wine chain, producing healthy and safe food and wine and thus identification of areas of competitive advantages;
- Strengthening long-term thinking on strategic issues;
- Improved exploitation of science, technology and innovation (STI) results by policy-makers and businesses;
- Establishing of a Food Quality and Safety Platform as a new way of networking and cooperation between the six CEE countries.
Scope of the project
Geographic coverage: six Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
- Total food chain, following the “fork-to-farm” concept.
- Key horizontal Technologies affecting the future of the sector, such as biotechnology, preserving technologies, packaging, cleaner technologies and ICT.
- Societal demands as one of the key drivers influencing the future of food products.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives and operational goals, a special methodology based on different foresight tools will be used. The key axes of this methodology are:
Mobilization of a variety of actors from different stakeholders groups
A socio-economic scenario building exercise
Interviews with specialists from different disciplines
A survey on key technologies
Future vision building exercise
Technology road mapping
FUTUREFOOD6 methodology in a figure:
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vienna International Centre
The project consortium leader. Established in 1966 became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1985. Headquartered in Vienna, UNIDO designs and implements programmes to enhance the productivity of industry in developing and transition economies. Activities on Technology Foresight have been part of the UNIDO technical cooperation since 1997. From 2001, UNIDO is implementing a global programme on technology foresight that draws on regional initiatives. Currently, UNIDO is carrying out initiatives in Latin America, CEE and the Newly Independent States (NIS) and in Asia. The outcomes of the initiative are policies and R&D programmes that deal with innovation, industrial growth and competitiveness. Within the FutureFood6 project UNIDO is responsible for overall project management and coordination.
FUTUREFOOD6 contact persons:
Mr. Ricardo Seidl da Fonseca
Tel.:+43 1 26012 3737
Fax: +43 1 23012 6808
Ms. Pilar Rodríguez-Ruiz
Tel.:+43 1 26012 3713
Fax:+43 1 23012 6808
Ms. Claudia Caufmann
Tel.:+43 1 26012 3570
Fax:+43 1 23012 6808
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Vienna International Centre
Fundación Observatiorio de Prospectiva Tecnológica Industrial
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
TC AS CR
Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences
BIC Group s.r.o.
National Wholesale Market Company Inc.
Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research Funding
Applied Research and Communications Fund
What is foresight?
Foresight is a systematic, participatory, future-intelligence-gathering and medium-to-long-term vision-building process aimed at enabling present-day decisions and mobilising joint action. Foresight involves systematic attempts to look into the future of science, technology, society and the economy, and their interactions, in order to promote social, economic and environmental benefit.
Foresight is neither prophecy nor prediction. It does not aim to predict the future – to unveil it as if it were predetermined – but to help us build it. It invites us to consider the future as something that we can create or shape, rather than as something already decided.
Why do foresight?
Foresight is often undertaken when a country, region or organisation faces a specific challenge. The rationale for each individual Foresight exercise may therefore differ. Nevertheless, exercises often share certain common objectives.
To achieve its objectives Foresight implements a process of systematic reasoning which has certain typical characteristics. The exercise will lead to a number of tangible and intangible outcomes, and can also bring other benefits on various levels. However, Foresight has its limitations and cannot solve all a region's social, economic or political problems. Foresight is a tool for developing "visions", understood as possible future states of affairs that actions today can help bring about (or avoid).
In this section you can find useful links on the web sites dealing with the issue of food safety and a foresight as well. If you have some tip on another useful link, let us know!
Food health & safety links
- Safety Food - From the Farm to the Fork: Portal of DG Health and Consumer Protection on the food safety
- EFSA - European Food Safety Authority is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety
- Food for Life - European Technology platform Food for Life
- EUFIC - The European Food Information Council - The guide to food safety & quality, and health & nutrition for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle
- IHCP - The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection - Part of the Directorate
- General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC), and fulfils the JRC's mission in providing scientific support to policies related to health and consumer protection.
- UNIDO Technology Foresight - UNIDO´s global initiative on technology foresight
- FOR-LEARN Online Foresight Guide - The tool, developed by JRC-IPTS at the request of DG Research, is recognized as a reference in the field and is used by organizations for teaching and training purposes
- FORERA - Foresight for European Research Area
- Science and Technology Foresight - Foresight in 7th Framework Programme
- EFMN - European Foresight Monitoring Network - monitors ongoing and emerging foresight activities and disseminates information about these activities to a network of policy researchers, foresight practitioners
Food health & safety related EU legislation and statistics
- EU Food Safety Legislative Summaries
- EU Consumer Protection Legislative Summaries
- EU Public Health Legislative Summaries
- EU Statistics on Food
- EU Statistics on Health
We have the pleasure to announce that the final conference of the FutureFood6 project is going to be held on 27 January 2009. The conference will be held from 8:30 to 17:20 at the Tech Gate Vienna, Donaucity Strasse 1, Vienna, Austria.
The conference is devoted to stimulate dialogue among the stakeholders in the food industry to launch measures towards promoting healthy and safe food for the future in the Central and Eastern Europe countries. The conference is composed from two blocks: the first one will provide an overview on the relevant issues regarding the food industry globally and in Europe and the second one will present and discuss the main results on the project such as Socio-ecnomic Scenarios, Key Technologies´ assessment, Future Visions, Road-mapping and Policy Recommendations. The conference is an opportunity for the interested parties to evaluate the results and discuss concrete measures for the future of the food industry in the region.
To register for the conference kindly use the link www.unido.org/foresight/registration
Deadline for registration is 15 December 2008.