REFRAME - towards a regional food frame

Project: Research

Project Details


It is predicted that 5 million rural jobs will have disappeared before 2016. These changes do not
only concern farmers. In their decline all food chain related SMEs will be affected severely. New
business opportunities can be found in short food supply chains. However, they can only
succeed if handled professionally and on a proper scale. This presents opportunities on 4
interconnected strands:
Collect market relevant regional data
Develop innovative specialisation strategies for SMEs
Forge new forms of regional cooperation and partnership based on common benefits and
shared values.
Acquire specific skills
REFRAME takes up these challenges. In a living lab of 5 regional pilots, partners will
demonstrate the Regional Food Frame (RFF) as an effective set of measures to scale up and
accommodate urban food demands and regional supplies. New data will reveal the regions’ own
strengths and resources to match food demand and supply. REFRAME provides a support
infrastructure for food related SMEs to develop and implement their smart specialization
strategies in food chains on the urban-rural axis. On their way towards a RFF, all pilots will use a
5-step road map. A transnational learning lab will be set up in support of skill development and
training of all stakeholders. REFRAME pools the know-how needed to set up these Regional Food
Frames in a transnational network of experts, each closely linked and footed in its own pilot
Effective start/end date3/01/1630/04/19

Research Output

  • 1 Article
  • 1 Web publication/site

Brouwerij Maallust oogst eerste ‘gevangenis-hop’

van der Werf, M., 27 Sep 2018

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteProfessional

Open Access

The role of the Regional Cooperative Westerkwartier as a food chain agent in the regional food chain

van der Werf, M., Foorthuis, W. & Lutz, S., 28 Aug 2017, In : Archives of applied science research. 9, 3, p. 1 - 10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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    • 2 Participation in conference
    • 2 Invited talk
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Bezoek nationale ombudsman

    Marcel van der Werf (Speaker)
    17 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Annual conference REFRAME

    Willem Foorthuis (Speaker), Maarten Groeneveld (Speaker), Marcel van der Werf (Speaker)
    2 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Agri-food in Noord-Nederland

    Willem Foorthuis (Speaker)
    23 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk