BSR Food Coalition

BALTIC MUNICIPALITIES’ FOOD COALITION

BSR Food Coalition

BALTIC MUNICIPALITIES’ FOOD COALITION

The project BSR Food Coalition connects local farmers and public authorities to ensure regular access to organic food meals at schools, and thus meet a continuous demand for healthy food supply.

The project BSR Food Coalition connects local farmers and public authorities to ensure regular access to organic food meals at schools, and thus meet a continuous demand for healthy food supply.

Project summary

Problem statement:

Various district municipalities across the Baltics have put food and sustainability as a theme in their long term regional strategic plans. Essential involvement, collaboration and having a common goal from district, metropolitan and local municipalities are key to advancing food systems sustainability and to tackle the challenges that come with it. However, the lack of knowledge, experience and competencies in sustainable food, food security and how to work with the SDGs at the municipality level, and the bottom-up collaboration scarcity, have become impediments on the development of resilient and sustainable food regions.

Three important entry points that need to be addressed urgently and could be solved:
– Smallholder farmers are very important to food security, and increasing agricultural productivity is closely linked to reducing rural poverty and hunger. Yet, food continues to be lost and wasted, instead of reaching school meals.
– Organic food is always part of the sustainable school food and the demand for it is increasing in the Baltic States but the supply is weak and unorganised.
– Getting smallholder farmers closer to schools.

What we specifically are going to tackle?
We will tackle the lack of…
• methodological support
• working methods
• awareness of existing tools

The municipalities will be able to see and map out new challenges that are not clear now, gain knowledge and the know-how to be pro-active and resilient.

Learn more here about Farm to School and stay updated.

Events

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Shaping Farm to School Programmes

Virtual event 2023-12-05
This is the second out of three “progress made so far” events. We are at the middle stage of the Farm to School piloting in five Baltic regions; Latgale, Klaipeda, Kurzeme, Tartu and Vorumaa. Each regional partner will present their achievements but also the road bumps occurred so far.
Our focus areas are on the open the market for smallholder farmers in public procurement, training for school cooks and solutions to increase the organic food supply.

Why join?
Each region is different and there is no “one solution fits all”. These piloting activities are meant to adjust solutions to unique local contexts and provide support for municipalities, famers and schools. We’re sure you know your region better than an outsider does, and that you can add value to the conversation, so come share and play your part!

To know more, we invite you to register to take a seat at the online table.

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South Estonia Food Conference 2023

Virtual and onsite event 2023-10-10
“From Farm to School” conference is this year taking place in Elva, Tartu county.

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Small-scale farmers in public school food procurement

Virtual and onsite event 2023-09-27
Market diversification and social benefits for smallholder farmers in Lithuania.

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Shaping Farm to School programmes

Virtual event 2023-09-05
We invite you to get first hand information on the ongoing Baltic Farm to School test beds.

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School food – Information & knowledge exchange

Virtual event 2023-06-07
Welcome to the third school food online forum.

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The International Scientific Conference

Virtual and onsite event 2023-03-23
“Safe, Sustainable, and Innovative Environment Towards Healthy and High-Quality Life”
One part of the program is fully dedicated to the BSR Food Coalition project.

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BSR Food Coalition kick-off

Virtual and onsite event 2022-10-26 – 2022-10-27
Welcome to BSR (Baltic Sea Region) Food Coalition kick-off event!

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