The EU Horizon 2020 project, SUFISA – SUstainable FInance for Sustainable Agriculture and fisheries, comes to its conclusion this month with a high profile conference in Krakow, Poland. The project, which began in May 2015 involved a consortium of 13 partners, and all will be in attendance at the event, in addition to a range of European and National level stakeholders.

The CCRI will be represented by Damian Maye and Mauro Vigani, both of whom will be playing a key role in the two-day event where there will be a keynote speach from Jan Falkowski a specialist in institutional economics from the University of Warsaw.

The two day event will include presentations of the findings from the project with regard to the various case-studies that were conducted within the member states involved. In the case of CCRI, Damian and Mauro will chair a session detailing findings from the project concerning supply-chain arrangements. During this, they will also present a publication written during the project with fellow academics.

There will also be a chance for those involved to reflect upon their experiences as part of the project, in order to take any insights forward for future research.

The organisations involved in the SUFISA project are detailed below and more information about the conference can be obtained by visiting the project website.

• Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).
• University of Pisa (Italy)
• University of Gloucestershire, CCRI (UK)
• Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (France)
• Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna (Italy)
• University of Hasselt (Belgium)
• Nodibinajums Baltic Studies Centre (Latvia)
• University of Evora (Portugal)
• Aarhus University (Denmark)
• Agricultural University of Athens (Greece)
• Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Germany)
• Jagiellonian University (Poland)
• University of Belgrade (Serbia)

Hannah Chiswell, Mauro Vigani and Damian Maye

Within the UK there were two case-studies for the SUFISA project, both focussed upon supply chain arrangements. These were dairy farmers in Somerset and inshore fishers in Cornwall. Reports from these case studies can be downloaded via the links below:

Dairy policy brief  Dairy summary report Inshore fisheries policy brief  Inshore fisheries summary report UK Case Study full report