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PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
1 Innovative societies
objective
1.1 Resilient economies and communities
Project type
Small Project
Implementation
October 2022 - September 2024
Technical details

BSR 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 a continuous demand for healthy food supply.
Project summary

Context
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 municipalities are key to advancing food systems' sustainability and to tackle the challenges that come with it. Sustainable school meals as catalysts for food system change is a lever to enable large-scale (integrated) food sustainability transitions.

Solution
A Farm to School Mission-Oriented Framework that is aimed at fostering the development of a community of practice, to support replication, adaptation and expansion of successful Farm to School programme models. The framework is being developed for use by local and regional municipalities, programme practitioners, policy-makers and development partners, as well as civil society and community-based organisations, and the private sector too.

What is Farm to School?
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with local, healthy food and food producers by changing food purchasing and educational activities at schools and preschools. Farm to school activities and policies are unique to location, and can be defined in a multitude of ways. For the purposes of this evaluation framework, the core elements of farm to school activities are:

  1. Procurement of local and regional food products;
  2. Gardening, based at schools and preschools; and
  3. Education, food and farm related.

Challenge
A small number of innovative approaches are being tested and implemented in Klaipeda-, Kurzeme-, Latgale-, Tartu- and Vorumaa region but the resulting outcomes remain to be leveraged for impact at scale in line with the targets of Agenda 2030 and the European Farm to Fork strategy.
Based on survey results of the five regions that were conducted in autumn 2022 by Lead Partner Klaipeda University, building a Farm to School system requires more communication, direct school administration contacts with local farmers, and greater involvement of municipalities in legislative amendments, as well as help in creating shorter food supply chains.

Piloting
Thanks to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme and its team, by believing in our BSR Food Coalition project, we have managed to take Farm to School from conversations to piloting. The aim is to implement co-planned Farm to School test beds (pilots) in each project partner's region: Klaipeda, Kurzeme, Latgale, Tartu and Vorumaa. Each partner with the flexibility to adapt to own think-out-of-the-box ideas and local context, but with solutions adapted to today’s climate challenges and to the following entry points:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To bring Farm to Fork into school meals, and to provide market access to smallholder farmers.

This is an ongoing piloting until May 2024. The result is planned to be disseminated shortly after.
Watch our first out of three “progress made so far” sessions here, and if you've missed it, listen to the first episode of our Walk the School Food Talk.

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Budgets

BSR Food Coalition
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Pilot

School Chefs - Exchange of knowledge between Karlstad and Latgale
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Overview

What we've achieved so far
Estonia hopes to turn school canteens into restaurants in which students support small producers.

This October saw the launch in Estonia of the ‘Farm-to-School’ project, which in a nutshell is about offering school kids meals made with ingredients sourced locally. The brainchild of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), the project aims to improve kids’ health and promote small producers.

Launched simultaneously in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the project kicked off with an event explaining how to build up cooperation between schools and small producers so that school lunches are made with locally sourced ingredients. Although the project has only been running for a month, ‘Farm-to-School’ project manager and Sustainable Gastro founder and head of development Jennifer Avci says it has already proved a success in Estonia. “Take Tartu and Võru counties, where some of the school lunches being offered to kids have already gone organic,” she says. “That’s a good starting point for the vision behind the whole project, to take it to a level where the government can devise support measures for it for local governments.”
Read more:Pie in the sky or recipe for success?
30 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 10 Organisationsin the project

BSR Food Coalition
in numbers.

  • 55.712752921.1350469
  • 54.723467925.3377307
  • 55.712752921.1350469
  • 56.50628127.3306623
  • 56.665392622.489179
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Lead partnerKlaipeda University
  • Town
    Klaipėda
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
Total partner budget
100,404.00
Sustainable Gastro
  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
Total partner budget
111,952.00
The Association “Klaipeda Region”
  • Town
    Klaipėda
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
Total partner budget
49,434.00
Latgale Planning Region
  • Town
    Rezekne
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Latgale
Total partner budget
53,928.00
Kurzeme planning region
  • Town
    Saldus
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Kurzeme
Total partner budget
53,928.00
The association of municipalities of Tartu county
  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
Total partner budget
65,163.00
Development Centre of Võru County
  • Town
    Võru
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
Total partner budget
65,163.00

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    05
    December
    Shaping Farm to School Programmes
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting
    05. December 2023
    10:00 - 12:00 (EET)
    10
    October
    South Estonia Food Conference 2023
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    10. October 2023
    10:00 - 16:30 (EET)
    27
    September
    Small-scale farmers in public school food procurement
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    27. September 2023
    09:30 - 12:30 (EEST)
    05
    September
    Shaping Farm to School programmes
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting
    05. September 2023
    10:00 - 12:00 (EEST)
    07
    June
    School food - Information & knowledge exchange
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting
    07. June 2023
    13:00 - 14:30 (CEST)
    23
    March
    The International Scientific Conference “Safe, Sustainable, and Innovative Environment Towards Healthy and High-Quality Life”
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    23. March 2023
    09:00 - 13:00 (EET)
    26-27
    October
    BSR Food Coalition kick-off
    Project: BSR Food Coalition
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    26. - 27. October 2022
    10:00 - 16:30 (EEST)

      Videos

      School Chefs - Exchange of knowledge between Karlstad and Latgale
      Video 1 of 2
      Shaping Farm to School, Pilots status & progress 2023-09-05
      Video 2 of 2

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