“In the EU, around 11 million farms produce agricultural products for processing by about 300 000 enterprises in the food and drinks industry. The food processors sell their products through the 2.8 million enterprises within the food distribution and food service industry, which deliver food to the EU’s 500 million consumers.” 
(European commission 2017)









The European food ecosystem redefined

“The Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly. Food systems cannot be resilient to crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic if they are not sustainable.”
(European commission 20.05.2020)


Food systems have proven not to be resilient to crises such as the Covid-19. Our current ecosystem is not sustainable. We need to redesign our food systems which today accounts for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions, consume large amounts of natural resources, result in biodiversity loss and negative health impacts (due to both under- and over-nutrition) and do not allow fair economic returns and livelihoods for all actors, in particular for primary producers.


The Farm to Fork Strategy aims to accelerate our transition to a sustainable food system that should:

  • have a neutral or positive environmental impact
  • help to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impact
  • reverse the loss of biodiversity
  • ensure food security, nutrition and public health, making sure that everyone has access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, sustainable food
  • preserve affordability of food while generating fairer economic returns, fostering competitiveness of the EU supply sector and promoting fair trade


Putting our food systems on a sustainable path also brings new opportunities for operators in the food value chain. New technologies and scientific discoveries, combined with increasing public awareness and demand for sustainable food, will benefit all stakeholders.


Support the “Local first” movement
During the Covid crisis, individuals went shopping as close as possible to their homes. And the same happened with retailers. International suppliers got blocked and local suppliers had to be found. The acceleration of the ‘local first’ movement was a real-life stress test. Local clusters reached there operational limits, and lacked digital transformation and tools to support their growth.

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The need to represent knowledge about food is central to many human activities including agriculture, medicine, food safety inspection, shopping patterns, and sustainable development. FoodOn is a new ontology built to interoperate with the OBO Library and to represent entities which bear a “food role”. Initially the ontology is focused on categorization and processing of food for humans, but in the future it will also encompass materials in natural ecosystems and food webs. We aim to develop semantics for food safety, food security, the agricultural and animal husbandry practices linked to food production, culinary, nutritional and chemical ingredients and processes.


AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary covering all areas of interest of the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment etc. It is published by FAO and edited by a community of experts. It is widely used in specialized libraries as well as digital libraries and repositories to index content and for the purpose of text mining. It is also used as a specialized tagging resource for content organization by FAO and third-party stakeholders.

AGROVOC consists of +37,000 concepts and +750,000 terms in up to 37 languages. Currently, AGROVOC is an SKOS-XL concept scheme, and a Linked Open Data (LOD) set edited by VocBench. AGROVOC is aligned with 18 other multilingual knowledge organization systems.

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COVID-19 crisis impacts on supply chains and FOOD SAFETY

Detected Problem:
The rerouted sector fails to deliver on daily up-to-date data for mitigation

A federated market information system based on the AIOTI High Level Reference Architecture for data markets.
Introducing a ‘Naming authority’ to enable data discovery. Mapping current overlapping vocabularies, to link similar terms and make sure participants of different platforms are able to find each other. Meanwhile the naming authority can also be used to link COVID vocabularies to locations, assets and processes, to enable safe economic recovery.

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