Horticultural food systems in Chile and Uruguay (HortEco)
While consumption of vegetables in emerging economies falls well short of dietary recommendations, vegetable production contributes to environmental pollution and health risks. This project will engage with small farmers and organizations involved in low-or-no-pesticide production methods to develop more effective production, knowledge sharing methods and collaborative value chains.
Aim: The project “Horticultural food systems based on ecologically intensive production and socio-economically sustainable value chains in the transition economies Chile and Uruguay (HortEco)” aims to enhance sustainability of vegetable food systems in transitioning countries by investigating and supporting the organization of production and marketing of low-or-no-pesticide vegetables.
Objectives: Main objective of HortEco is to contribute to improved sustainability of vegetable food systems in Chile and Uruguay by studying, supporting and knowledge-sharing on how to organize production and marketing of highvalue, low-or-no-pesticide vegetables.
Method: Research will focus on i) ecologically intensive horticultural production, ii) socio-economically sustainable horizontal and vertical value chain collaboration models, and iii) how change agents in the innovation system can support the transition to sustainable horticultural farms and markets. Knowledge development and innovation will be connected through a systemic learning-for-innovation approach, linked to nine ongoing innovationoriented projects of private, public and academic partners in Chile and Uruguay.
Countries: Chile and Uruguay.
Dutch policy goal: Sustainable food systems.
Duration: November 14, 2016 – August 31, 2020