WP2: Feasibility and traceability

This work package deals with the basic framework layer ‘Infrastructure and Multi-Dimensional Tracking and Tracing Needs’. This work package links up (work group) with the various stakeholders in the provision of baseline system solutions, especially solutions that assure tracking and tracing capability and allow its extension with transparency information. This involves system providers, the providers of technical, organizational and communicational standards (GS1, agroXML etc.), and European projects related to tracking and tracing problems. It identifies the potential, pre-conditions, barriers, and agreement requirements for an open European backbone system that distinguishes different levels of development and could provide the basis for a first (lowest level) transparency network on which all further transparency developments could build.

WP3: Quality and Safety; WP4: Integrity and Sustainability

These work packages deal with the information layer and focus, after organization of the work group, on the specification of information and information layers with relevance for food safety and quality or for environmental, ethical or social concerns. They involve literature reviews, the analysis and documentation of monitoring and reporting schemes, and expert consultations on the specification of the information layers in the respective domains (across the various stages of the chain and the various product lines) and on the identification of research needs and priorities.

WP5: Signals for transparency and trust

This work package aims at the analysis and development of appropriate signals and their information base for transparency and trust, considering different product lines and the diversity in expectations and cultural background. It stands out in covering a very broad range of signals and needs involving consumers, industry, and policy and focussing on food quality, food safety and chain integrity. These various aspects have been integrated into one work package because of the very close interrelationships between them. As an example, consumer signals need to be related to industry signals as industry enterprises have to take market requirements into account in their procurement and production policy but they might also relate to policy interests (as, e.g., the ‘food miles’ signal with its link to climate policy). The work package builds on a work group with two subgroups that focus on consumers and policy needs, respectively. The WP involves literature reviews, the analysis and evaluation of certification and of existing/proposed signalling schemes, and expert consultations on signal needs with corresponding information requirements and on the identification of research needs and priorities.

WP6: Best practice and performance

This work package deals with the identification and analysis of experiences from ‘Best Practice’ and provides the focus link with professional associations and stakeholder platforms for communication and exchange. It builds on a specification of ‘best practice’ with a view on food safety, quality and chain integrity. It involves literature reviews as well as the analysis, documentation and evaluation of best practice solutions implemented in enterprises with certain quality visibility, implemented in chains (e.g. local quality groups, organic groups etc.), or offered by European system providers (based on a previous comprehensive analysis of the market).

WP7: Integration and Coordination

This work package builds on a work group involving all partners and work group leaders. It fully relies on the summary expertise of the partner group. It is the crucial integrator for all of the project’s results including a comprehensive and integrated documentation of the present situation and knowledge related to transparency and the formulation of a strategic research agenda for the elimination of knowledge barriers. It provides the common approach for analysis and documentation and takes responsibility for the integration of work package results (e.g. establishing the linkages between the different layers of the framework and the different stages of the value chain) into the requested comprehensive views. The work package establishes a common European Platform Transparent Food that integrates stakeholders, provides networking and provides the basis for the uptake of developments. The work package also coordinates web consultations, one of the crucial elements to reach broad acceptance of results.

WP8: Exploiting and Dissemination of Results

This work package builds on a work group involving all project partners. It deals not only with the dissemination of results but provides the focus link with national stakeholder platforms and professional associations. It will provide publications for stakeholders (as e.g. transparency development guides, best practice guides), distribute the Strategic Research Agenda, assure the communication of results to stakeholder associations via the European Platform Transparent Food and through direct approach, and organize in cooperation with partners a number of focused European workshops for stakeholders and associations, system providers, certification and monitoring schemes, research organisations and associations, and for representatives from policy and institutions with transparency links and responsibilities