" European Legumes in Transition"
Due to the Covid pandemic it has been necessary to cancel the planned conference. Instead a significant knowledge transfer event -a series of 8 webinars - will commence from 14th April 2021.
The two EC-funded Horizon-2020 projects, LegValue and TRUE began in 2017 with the remit to identify transition paths enabling home-grown legumes in more sustainable food- and feed-value chain in the Europe.
These projects are led by Frederic Muel of Terres Inovia and Pete Iannetta of the James Hutton Institute (respectively), and the multi-national multi-partner consortia have spent four years piecing together an image of the components which comprise the European Union’s food systems, and which is best summarised as ‘fragmented’.
The TRUE-Project has largely focussed on innovations with legumes beyond the farm gate and has studied the impact their adoption might have on the supply networks. The LEGVALUE-project on the other hand has focussed on studies at farmer and regional production level and values along the supply chain. Both projects have worked closely to maximise their impact using numerous real-life commercial Case Studies, at both pilot and full-commercial scales to generate their insights.
Their common aim has been to examine the levers influencing increased legume production and to identifying opportunities to encourage transition in production systems, the ultimate aim being increased European self-sufficiency in plant protein production, and to optimise the role of legumes in that.
This “European Legumes in Transition” series of webinars will be launched under the banner of the Legume Innovation Network. Hear from leading influencers how they believe legumes can be exploited to deliver a more sustainable and environmentally resilient agricultural system for Europe, and the opportunities that exist to realise the transitions envisaged.
This is a significant knowledge transfer event and is expected to attract an audience representing the entire legume-focused supply chain from across Europe.
The full agenda for each event is currently in preparation and will be published once finalised.
Below we list the Themes of each webinar a short description and the date of the event.
The webinars are:
14 April 10am CEST
This webinar will serve as an introduction to the webinar series illustrating how crop management, variety development and the wider value-chain elements and global economics impact on the delivery of ecosystem services, including the success of growers.
Speakers will outline how the value chain functions, from processing through to marketing, while end-user concerns will be highlighted from the perspective of feed and food, health, and the environmental functions.
20 April 10am CEST
This webinar explores the diversity of legume production, including on-farm innovations, pure crops and mixtures, current and future yields for legumes across Europe, valorizing legume benefits within the cropping system, and a decision-support system for legume insertion in cropping systems.
22 April 10am CEST
This webinar focuses on three main economic issues that influence the development of legumes in Europe: the trends of legume-based food innovations on markets, how improved market transparency can give better incentives for growing legumes, and the organisational arrangements, such as contracts, that create more farmer incentives to cultivate legumes.
After four short presentations from different stakeholder perspectives, the attendees will discuss those conditions of innovation, price transparency and stakeholders coordination through value chains to sustain the development of pulses.
27 April 10am CEST
Increased awareness of the need to transition to sustainable food systems is revitalising legume consumption in Europe, leading to a compilation of innovations and initiatives that aim to put legumes as a foundation for this transition. This webinar summarises initiatives that aim to enable the comeback of legumes and their placement in a diversity of end uses, allowing them to become more prominent in human diets and animal feeds.
29 April 10am CEST
This webinar aims to demonstrate the success of legume breeding, highlight the level of investment, the gaps, and opportunities for the market while exploring the barriers to greater success, and indicating where innovation can and is being successful in influencing feed and food value for the benefit of health, nutrition, and the environment.
4th May 10am CEST
This webinar aims to explore the success of science in delivering knowledge, how the science is integral to the network standing ready to facilitate innovation in the value chain and how the science community is ready to engage with industry to create a function network for information exchange.
6th May 10am CEST
This webinar will introduce joint lessons from the TRUE-LegValue policy-relevant studies and initiate a rethinking of how "policy understanding" can help to transform our food system to be more legume-based. The potential impact and contribution of policy instruments in scenario-based transition pathways towards greater legume production and consumption will be discussed. Participants are expected from the complete legume innovation helix promoting the industry, science, policy, civil society interactions.
11th May 10am CEST
This webinar will introduce joint lessons from the TRUE-LEGVALUE policy-relevant studies and initiate a rethinking of how "policy understanding" can help to transform our food system to be more legume-based. The potential impact and contribution of policy instruments in scenario-based transition pathways towards greater legume production and consumption will be discussed. Participants are expected from the complete legume innovation helix promoting the industry, science, policy, civil society interactions.
Registration details for each event are in the webinar title links above
In the mean time, if you have questions please contact the organisers through this web site.