Agri-food processes and transformations are currently responsible for more than 25% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions. A share which, if not addressed, will reach 50% by 2050. Food system activities, including producing food, transport, storage, and disposal of wasted food in landfills, produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change.

Making food systems sustainable for a growing global population is an imperative, and one that is technologically possible through collaboration and innovation. This paradigm shift involves a fundamental reconsideration of production and consumption, and it requires a global approach, bringing together a wide range of organisations and key stakeholders across the globe. While this appears to be a major challenge for the agri-food industry, it is also a major opportunity for European food companies, which have a technological lead in terms of production processes, including food safety, services and products that address environmental needs and climate change.

The goal of the GLOBAL FOODTURE project is to boost the sustainable transition of the food system globally through collaboration and innovation, by developing and implementing a joint internationalisation strategy that facilitates access to third countries for SMEs and strengthening participants’ capabilities to adapt to food sustainability challenges, bringing Europe’s industry to the driving seat in leading the transitions towards climate neutrality.


Targeted regions


The overall long-term objective of the GLOBAL FOODTURE project is to create a worldwide network of clusters along the food value chain working to mitigate climate change. GLOBAL FOODTURE will create and develop the first of its kind Global Climate Alliance for Food, as the main living instrument ensuring the long-term sustainability of the partnership.

In order to achieve these aims, the GLOBAL FOODTURE project has a number of key specific objectives:

  • To intensify cluster and business network collaboration across borders and sectors, by creating opportunities for mutual exchange of environmental and climate challenges, technologies, and mitigation processes, ensuring that clusters in Europe and Asia are aware of these issues and can work together to resolve them.
  • Based on the needs of the Asian markets, and working closely with selected Asian cluster partners, to provide a range of market access services including online and physical missions and matchmaking events, which reinforcing cluster and business network cooperation and support the SMEs to internationalise and enter global markets.
  • To support SMEs in global competition by providing a portfolio of support services and actions, integrating with other relevant service providers to maximise the opportunities available.
  • To develop a pan-European Strategic Cluster Partnerships on Climate Change within the agri-food sector (provisionally Global Climate Change Alliance for Food) as an international cooperation, using European technologically based SMEs as a driver, to develop new markets in third countries, starting with Asia.
  • To develop and promote a joint internationalisation strategy and support actions for SMEs to enter third country markets, with a particular focus on environment and climate change within the agri-food sector, with replication potential for other markets.

The objective of this plan is to maximise the impact and the dissemination of the project and its results, by providing targeted information to multiple audiences including clusters and SME members, as well as media, and potential multipliers from the business and innovation support community, including the Enterprise Europe Network.

The specific objectives include:

  • Increasing the awareness among other clusters of the existence and importance of the project, its concept and its ultimate results, processes, and opportunities.
  • Ensuring that SME members and SMEs from other clusters are provided with relevant information on cross-border opportunities in the target region, in order to take rational decisions on participation.
  • Ensuring proper exchange of knowledge and activities among the consortium partners, and to facilitate interaction and information exchange with relevant stakeholders in Europe and Asia, including clusters, universities, research institutes, business and innovation support community, potential investors and SMEs.
  • Utilising to the maximum extent possible the networks of the partners and existing relevant communication platforms.
  • Marketing the post-project opportunities of a global climate alliance for food industries and acquiring potential member clusters.

Market analysis and relationships: consists in a market and gap analysis on the four targeted countries Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand to identify the most relevant target regions in Asia for European companies within the agrifood sector and to identify the most relevant cooperation partners with whom the consortium will work closely not only to identify key needs in the markets where European technologies, products and services may be relevant but also to support the future project activities. The analysis will be followed by a workshop to determine the overall strategy, proposed missions, objectives and to provide the basis for the international strategy plan.

SME and GLOBAL FOODTURE ecosystem identification: identifying relevant food system related product and service provider SMEs and other stakeholder organisations, including business support organisations, research organisations, cooperatives and others, and systematically populate them in already existing, sustainable, open and free European DIH AGRIFOOD COOPERATION PLATFORM.

International training programme: holistic support programme for internationalisation that unlocks the capacities of SMEs to improve their competitiveness and internationalisation capabilities aimed at the target countries, and a suitable global framework to facilitate export promotion and cross-sectoral cooperation.

International missions and matchmaking: missions towards the target countries to support innovation collaboration to boost sustainable transition of the food system, and (online) matchmaking events between European and Asian SMEs within the food value chain. During the missions, the SMEs will have the opportunity for individual, face-to-face meetings as well as site visits to enable a full exchange of information and to cement a business relationship.

Exploitation and sustainability: set of support services for participating companies to support them in their journey throughout the project, identifying the needs of the SMEs and tailor support actions accordingly.

Creation of the Global Climate Alliance of Food as the main living network among the targeted stakeholders, and as an exchange channel with policy makers & authorities.