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Femke Hoekstra
Junior researcher
Rural Sociology, Wageningen University
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 317 483032

What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?

A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group that evolves or is created specifically based on common interests in a particular field, with the goal of gaining knowledge related to that field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences within the group that members learn from each other and have an opportunity to develop. Though this type of learning has been going on for centuries, spatial barriers have hindered this type of exchange and therefore new techniques will be experimented with in our project, such as online networking tools.

The three communities of practice the Foodlinks project is exploring have been created specifically for this project with the strong desire that these groups evolve and grow over the length of our project and beyond.

November 27-28, 2012: Meeting of Foodlinks CoPs

On November 27 and 28, a joint meeting of the Revaluing Public Sector Food Procurement CoP and the Urban Food Strategies CoP will take place in Malmö, Sweden.


This meeting will include a presentation by the Deputy Mayor of Malmö on Malmö's work and the motivational forces for Malmö's policy for sustainable development and food. Guests from various cities of Europe will present their experiences.

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  • Femke Hoekstra, WUR, The Netherlands