The FIT4FOOD2030 project, coordinated by Athena, is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) funded by the European Commission (EC) (https://fit4food2030.eu/). The aim of the project is to facilitate the development and implementation of FOOD 2030, a European research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security (FNS). FOOD 2030’s objective is to ensure that European food systems become ‘future-proof’, i.e. sustainable, resilient, responsible, diverse, competitive and inclusive. This requires a transformation of the research and innovation (R&I) on FNS towards a 'food system’s perspective’. This encompasses land and sea, and connects a wide diversity of actors across the whole food chain: 'farm-to-fork-to-gut-and back'.
In order to support the urgently needed transformation towards future-proof food systems, FIT4FOOD2030 will establish a sustainable multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform that has the character of a transformation network and will develop instruments, guidelines and tools to support FOOD2030. This platform will operate at three, interlinking levels. Firstly at the European level through an ‘’EU Think Tank’’ which will link the EC and members states. Secondly at a national level, ‘Policy Labs’ will be set up to mobilize stakeholders and build on existing networks to align research policies and investment schemes. Lastly, ‘City Labs’ will be formed to engage with the local stakeholders.