Bournemouth University (BU) is a modern and innovative institution with six distinctive Schools and over 16,000 students with a significant proportion of international students from around 120 countries. BU has maintained its position as one of the UK’s leading ‘new’ universities for many years. Bournemouth University has a long and successful track record of working in partnership with business and industry to deliver and support knowledge transfer.
Federal University of Santa Catarina
The Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), headquartered in Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, was founded on December 18, 1960, with the objective of promoting teaching, research and extension. Its community is made up of about 60 thousand people, including teachers, administrative technicians in education and undergraduate students, post-graduation, high school, basic and basic. There are more than 5,600 teachers (2,452) and technicians (3,189) who work in administrative and academic activities.
Nutrition in Foodservice Research Centre (NUPPRE)
The Nutrition in Foodservice Research Centre (NUPPRE) was created in May 2006 as part of the Nutrition Graduate Programme from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. The group develops projects in two main research areas, i.e. the quality aspects of meals and food behaviour.
In addition to all administrative roles that NUPPRE researchers have been involved, the teaching and research developed within the research centre have been collaborating to the consolidation of the Nutrition Graduate Programme at UFSC, as well as to the practice of nutritionists on foodservice sector, through high quality research, lectures, workshops, papers and other scientific publications. NUPPRE has also been a recognised key element at the University to promote public engagement and dissemination. All the researchers from Brazil involved in Veg+ are members of NUPPRE.
The Nutrition in Foodservice Research Centre has been collaborating with universities in different countries, such as the University of Toulouse in France; Bournemouth University, University of Oxford, and City University London in the UK; Montclair State University, and University of Clemson in the United Stated, University of Alcalá and Complutense University of Madrid in Spain; and University of Porto, in Portugal.
Brazilian Association of Nutrition (ASBRAN)
The Brazilian Association of Nutrition (ASBRAN) is a non-profit society that brings together nutritionists and technicians in nutrition and dietetics, and has currently 12 state-affiliated entities. Established in August 1949, in Rio de Janeiro, aims to promote training and the strengthening of specialization of the nutritionists, encouraging research and contributing to the dissemination of nutrition information in Brazil, so that this science and its professionals are recognized as fundamental to population’ health.
Since its founding, the Association has discussed main issues related to food and nutrition security in Brazil, and its impact on people and society, including the development of public policies. The importance of the issues that fall under national and international agenda makes ASBRAN to carry out the Brazilian Congress of Nutrition (CONBRAN) every two years, as an international event for updates on technical and scientific issues and debates about trends in food and nutrition problems and its action programs.
Studies and Promotion Centre for group-based agriculture (CEPAGRO)
The Studies and Promotion Centre for group-based agriculture (CEPAGRO) was founded in Brazil in 1990 with the mission of expanding agroecology through the development of linkages between rural and urban communities around organic production and the development of new markets. CEPAGRO has an executive board of four members and a supervisory board of three members, all elected by a general assembly composed of consumers, producers, and researchers. The organization also has an advisory board, made up of other organizations that work or have relationships with sustainable smallholder agriculture at the regional, state and national level.
CEPAGRO has become an important player within civil society for its ability to articulate and dialogue with various stakeholders and propose public policies that originate from public forums, giving credibility to the work in both urban and rural areas. CEPAGRO has accumulated experience in issues and actions that address, through collaborative networks, the broader aspects of sustainability in agriculture, both the productive part as well as the organizational side. Their existing collaborative links with Federal University of Santa Catarina will allow them to provide a strong network which will be leveraged throughout the Veg+ project. CEPAGRO will facilitate access to, and communication with, independent farmers and farming cooperative groups to be beneficiated by Veg+.
Slow Food Brazil
The Slow Food Brazilian Association is pleased to support the UK/Brazilian collaboration in the Newton Fund project of Veg+. This Association is part of a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how food choices affect the world. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to protect food biodiversity, build links between producers and consumers, and raise awareness of some of the most pressing topics affecting our food system. These initiatives range from community activities organized locally, to larger projects, campaigns and events coordinated by Slow Food’s national offices and international headquarters.
Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Our concept of food is defined by three interconnected principles: good (quality, flavoursome and healthy food), clean (production that does not harm the environment), and fair (accessible prices for consumers, and fair conditions and pay for producers).