Presently accessible and future relevant Drivers for Change

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Project: Drivers for Change

Status: Completed

Start: 1 May 2016

End: 31 May 2016

Commissioning party: Food & Business Knowledge Platform, Postharvest Network

Partners: -

Organizations involved: Wageningen Food & Biobased Research

Many projects and initiatives consider the reduction of food losses and expect ‘automatically’ that this will result in subsequent improvements in food security, economic growth, value chain improvements and stakeholders willing to cooperate. Many of these projects and initiatives face structural barriers which need to be overcome if project outcomes are to be achieved. Change is needed but often poses a considerable challenge.

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) recognized these challenges and aims to identify and disperse those factors, forces or events which may be amenable to changes according to one’s strategic choices, investments, R&D activities or foresight knowledge and strategies. Also known as: Drivers for Change.

Therefore, presently accessible and future relevant Drivers for Change were studied in this project. The output is meant to inspire participants in future initiatives, such as multidisciplinary and multicultural project teams, policy makers, research institutes, commercial and social enterprises and funders to clearly define own goals and understand the relevant drivers for change at the start of the project or initiative. The Postharvest Network will be using the Drivers for Change during the setup and execution of new projects. In doing so it will booze the chance of success of any project initiated by the Postharvest Network.

A bottom-up approach is applied in which effective Drivers for Change are identified by analyzing a selection of cases. Fourteen cases were selected from a long list of 30. A framework to analyze the final 14 cases was developed and applied so as to identify the ‘drivers for change’. As part of this framework the cases’ intended & realized effects, barriers and roadblocks, sustainability of implementation, identified drivers for change and the related opportunities for roll-out in other areas were considered. The Postharvest Network facilitated in matchmaking towards potential cases.

In the final phase of this project 6 drivers for change have been concluded. These drivers for change are published in a brochure “Tackling food loss – Drivers for change” which you can download here (PDF).