FOOdIVERSE: Diversifying sustainable and organic food systems

Project period [read the UniTrentoMAG news]

  • Start: 1/1/21
  • End: 31/12/23

Five European Universities located in five different countries contribute to the project FOOdIVERSE (see the EU Teams): 

Food consumption significantly influences resource use and the environmental effects of food production and distribution. Currently, a rather homogenous group of well-educated and affluent consumers is strongly interested in organic food. The mainstream food supply chains and their governance are characterised by a food regime that creates large quantities of standardised food. A more diverse food system could deliver more choices and could be more sustainable. What is lacking is a systematic and practice-oriented characterisation of diversity in the food system and its impact on resilience, enhancing socio-economic and environmental pillars of sustainability.

The FOOdIVERSE project aims to produce practice-oriented knowledge on how diversity in diets, novel food supply chains
and food governance contributes to more organic and sustainable food systems. The project provides multi-level perspectives on transforming local food systems across Europe by promoting diversity of consumers, producers and key stakeholders.


  • The Italian part of the research is supported with funding provided by Mipaaf [PQAI I] and co-funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Italian Team Outputs

WP1: Project management and dissemination

  • Press release 11 March 2020 [HERE]
  • Conferences and workshops attended [HERE]
  • Mid-Term Meeting of the Italian Team [HERE]

WP2: Diverse food cultures

  • Read the focus groups report and watch the photo galleries [HERE]

WP3: Diverse food chains

WP4: Diverse food governance

  • Structure and milestone [HERE]

WP5: Living Lab [HERE]

Project local owner

Project local coordinator

Italian research group

  • Francesca Forno
  • Margherita Brunori
  • Alice Dal Gobbo
  • Michela Giovannini
  • Natalia Magnani
  • Katia Pilati


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