Food systems that support transitions to hEalthy And Sustainable dieTs

2022 - 2027

FEAST aims to support the EU's just transition towards healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour. This will be achieved by identifying barriers and facilitators that influence the dietary behaviour of different groups accounting for geographical, socio-economic, behavioural, gender and cultural differences. A multi-stakeholder approach is adopted, foregrounding the needs and interests of vulnerable groups and making sure that no one is left behind. Collaboration with key stakeholders, from the public and private sectors, is crucial to design and testing innovative and effective tools, programmes and strategies, including social innovations. This will enable consumers to make informed food choices with the purpose to promote the self-management of healthy and sustainable dietary behaviours and lifestyles.

The project prioritizes the implementation of the One Health concept by integrating multiple food-related disciplines into the development of dietary advice. Following these approaches, the project will advance the state of the art by co-designing novel solutions to shape the food actors’ behavioural dimensions while reaching the Green Deal and Farm-to-Fork strategic objectives.

ICLEI’s role will focus on the development and testing of community-based solutions. Changing the food system justly and equitably requires understanding the challenges and opportunities that the local governments face. ICLEI will contribute to this shift by establishing living labs that will illuminate actionable and locally relevant solutions to food-related socio-ecological challenges. ICLEI will partner with cities to identify best practices and policy interventions that can drive the transition toward healthier and more sustainable diets by all participants within the food system. The Living Labs will serve as a model for cities interested in replicating FEAST’s intervention and thus amplifying the project’s impact.

Giorgia Dalla Libera Marchioli

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 101060536