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).
Step 1: Mapping
We will start compiling data about production, cultivation and refining of foods in our region. Next step is to map demand details at large kitchens of DWO and other large-scale catering establishments in hospitals, rest homes, schools, authorities and other private and public consumers. We will add all specifications into a digital regional map (GIS format). The realisation of our data pool is supported by European students from our project partners and scholars from BBS. The emerging database enables our regional network to draw conclusions about volumes, qualities and (mis)matches in demand and supply.
Step 2: Smart specialisation strategies
For invitation of regional SMEs the DWO and BERNE2020 will benefit from the applicable project information from WP2. From about 380 food-related facilities and enterprises in our region we envisage joining at least 50 SMEs in our SSS workshops to determine new potentials for intelligent and sustainable business and earning models. Participating specialists are the teachers and students from BBS, experts from WP4, GLZ and Berne2020. Our network members will also get access to the comprehensive inventory of Regional Food Map. Through coordinated trainings we will be able to work out individual competences and possibilities essential for identifying their SSS and for answering the needs of the regional food network. In our specific regional conditions (climate change as a specific threat), we will focus on new or adapted working and cultivation methods and tools, seeds, animal species, adapted qualities and volumes, marketability - which are required for reasonable Regional Supply Proposals (RSP) to consumers and for generating new future-proof RFF.
At a central location in the city of Berne, the so called ‘InnovationsHaus2020’, we will start preparing our regional learning and demo centre. We will establish an innovative and smart “Food Frame Lab”, an interactive experimental laboratory. Set in a modern scenario: youths, students, residents, SMEs, researchers on a local, regional, national and transnational level can join for experiences, discussions and workshops against the background of regional change and innovation: climate and demographic change, smart food and living, green footprint, sustainable living, LOHAS (Life of health and sustainability). At the moment, in the Food Frame Lab a series of modules is envisaged:
- Food Time Travel – scenarios of rural entrepreneurship at different time settings
- Food Future Network –interactive panel illustrating urban-rural relationship, the model of Short Food Supply Chains and the value-adding potential in the network of its contributors.
- Food Frame Forum – sharing experience and knowledge
- Culinary Lab – an experimental demo kitchen for new food, workshops and crossover cooking with new regional products to show development of healthy menus and alimentation. In particular, DWO cooks will be responsible for knowledge transfer.
Step 3: Urban Intentions
At the start of the REFRAME project, DWO is the only large scale consumer in our partnership who already has decided in favour of regional food. Parallel to the actions in step 1 and 2, DWO will work on its food strategy as an example for other large scale consumers. In addition, they will work out an implementation plan for part of their extended network of health and social welfare facilities in the region. Conform to the RSP developed before indicating exact delivery data, the urban consumers will be able to state their detailed market intentions in order to comply with their urban needs, e.g. origin of food production and processing, distribution and waste management and affirm their interest in supporting a regional food network.
Step 4: Cooperation and market structure
In this phase further arrangements for the cooperative framework will be taken: Consumers and suppliers will agree and sign their first Regional Food Deal (RFD) and arrange for a Regional Food Agency (RFA) at the InnovationsHaus2020.
Step 5: Try out contract delivery
Based on RFC and the preparation of RFA the first delivery starts to fulfil the regional food agreement between supply and demand. It is to test the feasibility of appointed components of contract and the performance along the food chain according to the envisaged frame conditions. Closing our pilot, “InnovationsHaus2020” has become the regional REFRAME headquarter.