Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

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Alcimed’s team explores the challenges linked to food sovereignty for multiple major players in France and Europe. In doing so, we help these stakeholders respond to their challenges linked to food security and resilience, with the goal of promoting more sovereign approaches.

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    The challenges related to food sovereignty

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, food sovereignty was not a key concern of governments and industrial players in globalized economic systems, where regional specializations were well established. Western countries often considered food security as a conquered challenge, despite their strong dependence on food imports, due to the apparent stability of global food production systems.

    However, recent events exposed the fragility of this system and have caused a paradigm shift on this subject. The pandemic made clear the risks of dependency on international supply chains and the potentially disastrous consequences of major perturbations in these exchanges and interactions. The war in Ukraine equally highlighted the geopolitical risks linked to dependence on food commodity imports, such as grains and oilseed.

    There are numerous challenges related to food sovereignty, including:

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      How we support you in your projects related to food sovereignty

      For over 30 years, Alcimed has supported its clients in their innovation and new market development projects, among which food sovereignty is a key subject. We support numerous institutions and industrial players who work on different aspects of French and European food security and resiliency.

      The diversity of our clients, the geographic areas we explore, and the types of projects we carry out give us a global and in-depth understanding of the problems and challenges linked to food sovereignty approaches.

      Our projects cover diverse subjects including constructing food sovereignty roadmaps, new supply chain strategies, market studies, development of new sectors, launching innovations, rethinking business models, identification of academic or industrial partners, and many others!

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in food sovereignty

      • Redefining a strategic consulting offer for farms

        We supported a public organization offering strategic consulting for farms in redefining their offer.

        Alcimed conducted an in-depth analysis of the subjects dealt with by each type of advisory system (cooperative, management center, chamber of agriculture, CETA, etc.) and thereby defined their principal expertise and indicators to build in order to help agricultural advisors in their mission.

        Our work allowed our client to rethink their offer and highlighted the necessity of creating a system such as an API enabling the centralization of information for the cooperatives.

      • Roadmap to develop shorter supply routes for school canteens

        We helped a large French region in defining a strategic roadmap aiming to roll out a policy encouraging usage of local products in the region’s school canteens.

        Our project allowed the client to understand the supply chains of current agrifood products and to identify and characterize different opportunities for changing their supply routes to achieve their objectives.

      • Evaluation and prediction of biofuel public policies and their impact on farmers

        For an institution, we carried out a project aiming to evaluate the influence of biofuel public policies and farmers in different regions of the world.

        To respond to this challenge, Alcimed carried multiple studies and analyzed the current and past biofuel public policies as well as their impacts on the production of the concerned biofuel (biodiesel or ethanol, in volume), the concerned crops (rapeseed, palm oil, corn, cane sugar, in terms of agricultural area and yield), farmers income levels and their pesticide usage.

        This made it possible to draw up 5-year and 15-year scenarios on the future of biofuel public policies and their impacts for each geographic zone.

      • Study of the potential value of an insect larva (frass) for agricultural fertilization

        For a player specialized in breeding and transforming insects into proteins for animal and human nutrition, we worked on evaluating the potential value of recycling frass (insect droppings) as a fertilizer in the agricultural market.

        This project allowed our client to have a first estimate of the volume of the concerned market, to identify the criteria for packaging frass to address these markets, and to understand which markets to address as a priority.

      • Mapping of the food research ecosystem in Asia for a manufacturer looking for partners

        Alcimed listed all the R&D players in the agri-food sector in three countries and designed an interactive partner search tool for a manufacturer developing in the region.

        In this way, our team has identified the key players in agri-food research in the three Asian countries of Singapore, China and Japan. To do this, our team cross-referenced the results of top-down and bottom-up literature searches. Based on the data collected, we designed an interactive, scalable tool that can be easily added to and enriched by the user.

        This work enabled us to identify 233 agri-food R&D centers in the geographical scope and resulted in the creation of a tool enabling our customer to conduct partner searches in an efficient and targeted manner, thereby strengthening collaboration in a field that is vital to the food sovereignty of the countries studied.

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