GLAMUR – (Global and Local food chain Assessment: a MUltidimensional performance-based approach)

The project commenced on 1st February 2013 and ran for 36 months. The overall objective of the project was to integrate advancement in scientific knowledge about the impact of food chains with the application of knowledge about practice, in order to increase the sustainability of food chains through the development of both public policies and private strategies. This involved a range of research measures, that include: developing and validating a ‘performance criteria matrix’ for assessing and comparing food chains across a range of geographical scales; building a database of quantifiable indicators on the impact of specific food chains; developing methodologies that can better overcome the problems of comparing the impact of different food chains both within and between sectors; assessing how the notion of ‘performance’ within food chains is perceived by stakeholders in different national contexts; assessing both the actual and potential role of public and private policies in relation to food chains, and to make policy recommendations; and to build a network that can turn the advancements made in terms of scientific knowledge, into decision making tools for a range of organisations.

The CCRI was comprised of Dr James Kirwan, Dr Damian Maye, Dr Dan Keech and Dilshaad Bundhoo. They have taken an active role in all the work packages associated with this project, and were responsible for leading Work Package 2, which provided the framing for the overall project. This entailed developing a framework for analysing how food chains are currently being assessed in terms of their performance across the 15 partners involved in the project. The project was coordinated by Wageningen University.

The 15 partners in the project are:

  • Wageningen University (WU), Section Sociology and Anthropology Development
  • Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica (FIRAB)
  • The City University London (CITY), Centre for Food Policy
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULE), Division of Agricultural and Food Economics (DAFE)
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
  • CLM Onderzoek en Advies BV (CLM)
  • Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali (Research Centre on Animal Production) (CRPA)
  • The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals
  • The University of Gloucestershire/Countryside and Community Research Institute (UoG/CCRI)
  • The University of the West of England/Countryside and Community Research Institute (UWE/CCRI)
  • Nodibinajums Baltic Study Centre
  • Aalborg University (AAU), Department of Development and Planning. Research group: Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition (MENU)
  • University of Belgrade (BEL), Faculty of Economics
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 311778.