Horticultural food systems based on ecologically intensive production and socio-economically sustainable value chains in the transition economies Chile and Uruguay (HortEco)

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Description

Development of ecologically and socio-economically sustainable food systems is highly important for balanced economic growth, but has remained understudied for transitioning countries compared to developing or developed countries. Vegetable food systems in Chile and Uruguay suffer from high pressure on natural resources, and lack of safe and affordable vegetables for a highly urbanised population. The objective of the HortEco project is to enhance sustainability of vegetable food systems in transitioning countries by investigating and supporting the organization of production and
marketing of low-or-no-pesticide vegetables. Research will focus on i) ecologically intensive horticultural production, ii) socio-economically sustainable horizontal and vertical value chain collaboration models, and iii) how change agents in the innovation system can support the transition to sustainable horticultural farms and markets. Knowledge development and innovation will be
connected through a systemic learning-for-innovation approach, linked to nine ongoing innovationoriented projects of private, public and academic partners in Chile and Uruguay.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/10/1631/12/20