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Dr. Roberto Ruiz
NEIKER – Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario
Campus Agroalimentario de Arkaute, P.O. Box 46
E-01080 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Tel.: +34 945 121 334
Fax: +34 945 281 422
E-Mail: rruiz(at)

Fourth Foodlinks project meeting in September in Spain: Peri-urban agriculture, local markets and healthy food

The Foodlinks members held their 4th project meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), European Green Capital 2012.

Project members at the meeting in Spain 2012

Participants at the Foodlinks meeting in September 2012 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain


The project partners focussed on finding the cross-cutting links between the themes of short food supply chains, public procurement and urban food strategies.

Furthermore, they reflected on what value was created in working together in heterogeneous communities of practice (CoPs) consisting of academia, policy and civil society.

In addition, Foodlinks partner NEIKER organised a public conference at the City hall. About 150 people from the municipality and local administration, farmers’ and consumers’ associations, NGOs and researchers attended the conference. Foodlinks and the City Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz shared ideas and initiatives related to sustainable food. A new project around Vitoria-Gasteiz is Basaldea; a programme to promote entrepreneurship in organic peri-urban agriculture.

(Text: Femke Hoekstra, Wageningen University and Research Centre)

More information



CoP Revaluing public sector food procurement (progress report September 2012) (49 KB)