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.