The food system of the future calls for food networks that are made up by value-generating, collaborative and reciprocal partnerships between equal actors, where cultural, environmental and social values and benefits come before purely economic profits and with the overall objective of ensuring food and nutrition security to everyone.
This can happen through the understanding of food as a “collaborative common” that encourages respectful and ethical practices of production and consumption of food and that is based on the development of networks of like-minded individuals as the key to transform the existing food system.
To develop, implement and disseminate an innovative food-system approach as an alternative to the industrialized and commodified food supply chains dominant nowadays. To achieve this, the FNA aims at creating a working-model based on the combination of academic research, vocational training, entrepreneurial activities, public actor support and consumer engagement.
The Sustainable Regional Food Network (SRFN) model, born from the practical experience of two existing food networks – Bachsermärt in Switzerland and THE BAAZAR in Nepal – allows us to test the principles and values we believe could shape this new food system.