Policy assessment and recommendations

Lead Partner: Alma Mater Studiorum- University of Bologna

The NextFOOD project analyses existing policies and identifies potential improvements. WP4 answers to the need for a transition towards action-, practice-oriented learning methods following a path from diagnostics of existing policies to the identification of potential improvements. The WP4 considers policy in the context of interactions among different actors in the innovation process, hence having as a reference the composition and functioning of AKIS. The analysis is carried out on multiple scales and levels, from EU to local, considering different roles in education policy. Relevant education policies are covered, as well as their interaction with sector innovation and training programs, e.g. those included in the CAP. Several levels of education, from high school to PhD and life-long learning are considered in a consistent way.

In this work package, NextFOOD will deliver policy recommendations based on research activities through which we aimed to explore what impact the present education and training systems have on the learners’ knowledge on sustainability and related subjects, and skills needed to solve problems in an action-oriented and collaborative manner. The policy recommendation is for all stakeholders affected by education and life-long learning programs for sustainable agrifood systems. In particular, for decision-makers who are working with education governance and as well as those dealing with education management at regional, national, EU-level education.

The policy development ties into the EU objectives to address challenges in education and training systems by 2020:

  • Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality
  • Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training
  • Promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship
  • Enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training

Task 4.1. Diagnostics of existing policies.

Task 4.2. Identification of strategies for improvements

Task 4.3. New instruments design and implementation options.

Task 4.4. Gender-differentiated impact assessment and recommendations.

D4.1 Report on Diagnostics of existing policies

D4.2 Report on Identification of strategies for improvements

D4.3 Plan for integrating gender equality

D4.4 Report on New instruments design and implementation options