The cooperating partners in the Belgian pilot are EROV, the Economic Council of East Flanders, Vives University College, Inagro, an organisation for agriculture research and advice in agriculture, and PCG, a vegetable lab and research centre. The pilot is located in Roeselare and Oudenaarde (60.000 and 30.000 inhabitants).
The Danish pilot is strictly cooperative, meaning that the Regional Food Frames are driven by the collaboration
- among producers with common challenges and a common need to acquire quantity rebate in processing, logistics and marketing on one side,
- with retailers, public consumers and other customers on another side,
- and with public bodies on a third side.
Partners are the Taste of Denmark (ToD) as coordinating beneficiary, and the Small Islands Food Network (SIFN) as co-beneficiary. ToD is the association of regional/local food networks in Denmark. A food network is actually a Regional Food Frame. Members are food producers, restaurants, food trade companies, actors of tourism, etc.
Partners of the Dutch regional partnership are: municipality of Groningen and Regional Cooperative of Westerkwartier (hereafter RC). The RC was founded in December of 2013. Its members are about 450 rural entrepreneurs, organised in diverse regional rural entrepreneurs’ associations, regional schools and universities of applied sciences, the cooperative (H)Eerlijk Groningen, an association for urban food processors and consumers and HANNN, the Healthy Ageing Network North NL, amongst other subjects dealing with healthy food & nutrition.
A special feature in the Dutch pilot is the cooperation between two regions: the North of the Netherlands (N-NL) and the Rotterdam Metropolitan Area (RMA). The reason for these parallel processes is validation and transfer of best practice approaches. Due to its central position in the region, Groningen provides a clear basis to develop new chain concepts. By transferring and applying them to be used in RMA, we can draw conclusions about the concept to function in a complex metropolitan region. In addition, Rotterdam can offer a cluster approach to be tested and validated. Horticulture entrepreneurs in the RMA have established the Greenport cluster. Unless their main focus on large scale distributions and international markets, the short chain approach is evidentially gaining here market. First practical research shows opportunities for growers to connect with large scale consumers in the health sector. Such cluster approach makes a positive contribution to regional performance and delivers input to smart specialisation strategies, as already in 2008 advocated by the EU Committee of the Regions (Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on ‘Clusters and cluster policy’; 2008/C 257/12).
Partners of the German regional partnership are: Diakonisches Werk, a charity of the evangelic church (DWO), BERNE2020, a cooperative of currently 20 chair holders as citizens and entrepreneurs from various sectors, Grünlandzentrum Niedersachsen/Bremen, an association of institutions from rural entrepreneurs, research, administration and politics (GLZ), and a vocational school centre with 4 facilities and about 2.600 scholars (BBS).
Coordinating partner is Agroväst, an organisation to support the development of rural entrepreneurs in the region of Västra Götaland. We have two co-beneficiaries. The first is Lokalproducerat I Väst (Locally Produced in West, LPIV), promoting local food production, processing and trading. The second is Sötåsen vocational school, one of seven natural resource schools governed by the regional authority of Västra Götaland.