Foreword

FEED - The knowledge community is an online platform that identifies and shares - inter alia - good practices, development and cooperation projects, programs, research applied to communities’ development feedcommunity.net.

FEED is part of the MEDIET project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

FEED provides an opportunity to share and enhance good practices that focus on the development of sustainable food systems, consistent with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. The platform deals with:

  • the enhancement of the worthiest good practices, through the creation of communication products (videos, infographics, articles) and dedicated events, designed to ensure the widest possible exploitation and dissemination.
  • the creation of partnerships to transfer knowledge, to replicate good practices in different contexts and areas, to make successful experiences scalable.

Objective

We are collecting good practices and experiences on the development of Sustainable Food Systems that have brought about change for a community.

A Sustainable Food System (SFS) is a food system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised. This means that:

  • It is profitable throughout (economic sustainability);
  • It has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability);
  • It has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability).

Food systems (FS) encompass the entire range of actors and their interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and parts of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. The food system is composed of sub-systems (e.g., farming system, waste management system, input supply system, etc.) and interacts with other key systems (e.g., energy system, trade system, health system, etc.). Therefore, a structural change in the food system might originate from a change in another system; for example, a policy promoting more biofuel in the energy system will have a significant impact on the food system (source: FAO).

A good practice is defined not only as “a practice that is good, but a practice that has been proven to work well and produce good results, and is therefore, recommended as a model. It is a successful experience which has been tested and validated in the broad sense, which has been repeated and deserves to be shared so that a greater number of people can adopt it” (source: FAO). Good practices under development and implementation or completed within the last 5 years must comply with the following characteristics:

  • Effective and successful
  • Technically feasible
  • Replicable and adaptable

After evaluation and assessment, the good practices collected will be published on the FEED platform and networked through its community channels. In addition, good practices will be promoted with ad-hoc communication products, as detailed in Chapter 6.

Beneficiaries

The call is open to young people aged between 18 and 35, whether they are natural persons or legal representatives of legal entities or wishing to talk about a good practice.

How to apply now

To apply for the call, simply log in and register on the FEED platform at feedcommunity.net/call from 11 September 2023 until 16 November 30 November 2023 at 23.59.

Time line

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Opening of the call for proposal from 11 September 2023

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Closing online application 16 November 30 November 2023

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Evaluation process until 20 December 2023

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Award during MEDIET project closing meeting in 2024
How to tell a good practice through a video message

First of all: have a look at the reference video below to have an idea of the frame, the length and the contents of your presentation.

Every device to film is admitted, including your mobile phone. This is not a video contest, it is just a way to get in touch with you, so don’t care about photography, but make sure that the audio is clear. If you use your mobile phone, please hold it horizontally.

Length of the video: maximum 3 minutes. Editing cuts are admitted.

Content of the video: we want to know your story, so keep in mind the “5 Ws” of journalism: (Who, What, When, Where, Why). Use brief sentences and go at the core of the information. 3 minutes are a lot of time! If you make it in less than 3 minutes is even better.

  1. Introduce yourself. (Hi, I am... From...)
  2. Introduce very briefly your project/good practice. Use few senteces. (My project is about… It was born in… with the following objectives...)
  3. Give a background of the context of your territory and your community (My town/region/village is… the challenges we face are...)
  4. Explain where and why you felt the need to undertake your project.
  5. Tell very concretely and briefly how does it work/what are the main activities/what is the process.
  6. Tell what you have achieved so far (The results of our action so far are...)
  7. Video presentation guidelines
Guidelines for good practices submission on FEED PLATFORM

Before diving into the submission process, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your practice!
Click here to download the guidelines.

Please click here for more clarification and help.