Food systems across Europe are very heterogeneous. Despite the fact that different areas will face similar problems (such as high consumption of unhealthy/unsustainable diets, especially among vulnerable groups), the root causes that lead to and perpetuate these problems will be different across different contexts. This means that it will not be possible to create one-size-fits all solutions for these problems and
it means that co-created solutions that account for local contextual factors will be essential to effectively tackle these problems. The overarching objective of WP4 is to co-develop community-based solutions to support the just transition to healthier and more sustainable dietary behaviour.
- To understand challenges and opportunities at the local government level related to transforming behaviour towards healthier and more sustainable dietary behaviour.
- To co-develop and test community-based solutions to challenges related to healthier abd more sustainable dietary behaviour.
- To identify best practices and policy solutions to support healthier and more sustainable dietary choices at the local government level and facilitate replication of these in a structured way through the further engagement of the Community of Practice and local governments (beyond the FEAST consortium).
Building on FEAST’s Multi-Actor Approach (MAA) approach, we will kick-start the establishment and work of FEAST living labs and extend these to include participation of locally based Food Councils to further involve vulnerable groups and their representative organizations. District-level stakeholders will be invited to the living labs. Each living lab will be responsible for a community workshop kick-off event, which will include the establishment of a co-creation process for the work ahead. Building on the dietary behaviour mapping (WP2) , we will ground-truth these results via a series of discussions including living lab meetings, and as appropriate, focus groups. We will cover challenge identification and discussion and prioritisation of barriers and opportunities for local sustainable dietary choices using a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis tailored to the specific focus of each living lab.
We will then explore how communities and citizens can shape food environments to ensure access to and affordability of healthy dietary options from sustainable food systems available locally. All Living Labs will work to co-develop local catalogues of best practices, some of which will be informed by the Group Model Building (GMB) developed in WP3 , for different target groups and actors in the food system such as producers, consumers, processors, distributors/retailers, and municipalities.
Using this catalogue, each living lab will identify appropriate and relevant interventions for each of the highest priority barriers they identified. The interventions identified in the local catalogues will be used as the backbone for the development of ‘FEAST strategies’, which will be developed in a series of three events organized by each living lab. The interventions will then be piloted and assessed for their social, environmental, health and economic impacts. The results will be compiled into case studies to outline the impact of the intervention as well as identify the steps needed to implement it.
To promote replication of the main actions demonstrated within the FEAST project, we will establish replicator cities and facilitate information sharing/exchange with FEAST’s Community of Practice (WP8) and other replicator cities. It is expected that 8-12 Replicator Cities will be recruited, which will follow the progress of the living labs and identify one co-created solution to implement. Technical support will be provided as needed to test the innovation i.e., in the form of further assessments, campaigns, communication strategy development etc..
Finally, to further support scaling of our results, three to six local policy recommendations/briefs will be developed and disseminated online connecting sustainable food system development and behavioural change with public health, environmental protection, and other relevant issues - against the backdrop of knowledge gathered on practical policymaking, and the assessment of effectiveness of solutions. Input into the development of the briefs will be provided by the living labs and relevant topic-experts within the FEAST consortium. These local policy recommendations will feed into policy solution living labs in WP7 and respective recommendations in WP8.