New Working paper
Spatial heterogeneity of the agricultural sector in economic models
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"better understanding how agricultural land use reacts to price and policy signals"
New Working paper
Quality standards versus nutritional taxes: Health welfare impacts with strategic firms
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"a classification and systematic comparison of key mechanisms with regard to land use in various model applications"
New Report
SUSFANS WP1 “Conceptual framework and FNS sustainability metrics” Second Workshop
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Next SUSFANS-meeting: Important steps for progress and success
In the focus: Framework and metrics handled by Workpackage 1
First SUSFANS stakeholder workshop held in Prague, Czech Republic
Stakeholders discuss SUSFANS methods, metrics and models
New article in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, co-authored by George-Louis Solar
How to save lives through food reformulation
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New Report
"The SUSFANS Stakeholder Core Group, drawn across different sectors and roles in European FNS"

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Next SUSFANS-meeting: Important steps to finalize the framework and metrics handled by Workpackage 1

All SUSFANS work package and pillar leaders will meet in Oxford from March 7 to 9, 2016. Here, they will finalize the framework and metrics handled by Workpackage 1 to make it operational - an important step for the progress and success of the SUSFANS project.

Stakeholders discuss SUSFANS methods, metrics and models

Around 40 experts in the field of food and nutrition security met in Prague, Czech Republic on October 30, 2015, to discuss, review, refine and give feedback on the SUSFANS project. Read the summary and the report.

Saving lifes through food reformulation

A new paper co-authored by SUSFANS project member Louis George-Solar (INRA) will be published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The article deals with the "assessment of the potential health impacts of food reformulation".

1st Stakeholder Core Group Workshop

This first workshop will introduce the SUSFANS project with a special focus on the Work Package 1 ‘Conceptual framework and food and nutrition security (FNS) sustainability metrics’ and the Work Package 6 ‘Stakeholder interaction and scenario review’.

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Quality standards versus nutritional taxes: Health welfare impacts with strategic firms

The goal of this paper is to better understand firms' strategic reactions to nutritional policies targeting food quality improvements and to derive optimal policies. We propose a model of product differentiation, taking into account the taste and health characteristics of products. We study how two firms react to alternative policies: an MQS policy, linear taxation of the two goods on the market, and taxation of the lowquality good. The MQS and the taxation of the low-quality product are the preferred options by a social planner. If taste is moderately important, the MQS policy is chosen by a populist and a paternalist social planner. If taste is a major component of choice, the populist planner chooses to tax the low-quality product whereas the paternalist planner prefers the MQS policy. Finally, for a paternalist social planner, an MQS-based policy always allows for higher levels of welfare than an information policy alone.

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Spatial heterogeneity of the agricultural sector in economic models

Recent food price spikes and their potential link to biofuel and increased food demand (e.g. Ajanovic, 2011; Gilbert, 2010; Mueller et al., 2011; Piesse and Thirtle, 2009; Zilberman et al., 2012), on-going land use changes, such as conversion of tropical forest to agricultural land, and their relation to Green House Gas Emissions (cf. Harvey and Pilgrim, 2011) and discussions around the so-called bioeconomy (e.g. Hertel et al., 2013; Sheppard et al., 2011; Zilberman et al., 2013) all have renewed societal and scientific interest in better understanding how agricultural land use reacts to price and policy signals. Consequently, economic models working on quite different scales and being based on different methodologies were extended in recent years to better deal with land use and management issues.

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SUSFANS WP1 “Conceptual framework and FNS sustainability metrics” Second Workshop

Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford, OX2 7SG, UK Mar 7-8/2016 Overall chair: John Ingram (UOXF) Rapporteur: Monika Zurek (UOXF), John Ingram (UOXF), Joost Vervoort (UOF) The first part of the afternoon of Mar 7th was used to update meeting participants on the progress of the project since its beginning. After a welcome by John Ingram and a round of introductions, project coordinator Thom Achterbosch gave a presentation on project activities over the first year of the project and on the schedule of deliverables over the next year. These include two deliverables for WP1, namely a paper on the SUSFANS conceptual framework (D1.1) and on the metrics for assessing sustainable FNS (D1.2 and D1.3). Particularly the work on finalizing the metrics was the focus of this workshop.

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Modelling Sustainability and Nutrition in Long Run Analyses of the EU Agri-Food system: Work plan for the SUSFANS Toolbox

This paper presents a plan for operationalising a modelling toolbox for the assessment of food and nutrition security and sustainability of the EU food system. The toolbox will be capable of: (1) Tracing nutrients in agriculture, fish, food and feed through the EU system; (2) Supporting foresight on EU diets and food production systems; (3) Capturing dimensions of sustainability by stage of the food supply chain (primary food production, food processing and consuming); (4) Providing entry points for policy and innovation by government, private sector, NGOs and the science community.

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