DATA4FOOD2030-Improving the data economy for food systems (DE4FS).

The Data4Food2030 project aims to improve the data economy for food systems (DE4FS) by expanding its definition, mapping its development, performance and impact to create new insights and opportunities.

Data-driven innovations have the potential to revolutionize the food industry, but the adoption of these new technologies has not yet reached its full potential. This contributes to a more competitive and sustainable food system in the EU and supports implementation and adaptation of relevant policies such as a Digital Single Market, Green Deal and the Common Agricultural Policy.


Data4Food2030 is a 4-year project with a clear objective to provide a clear design for the future state of the DE4FS. This will involve five key steps, including:


  • Enlarge the knowledge base and insight into the DE4FS,
  • Develop a system that monitors and evaluates the development, performance and impact of the DE4FS on relevant EU policies
  • Identify drivers and barriers and turn these into opportunities, recommendations and solutions,
  • Test solutions and evaluate recommendations in case studies and through stakeholder dialogues and
  • Provide future scenarios and a roadmap and sustain the monitoring system to support policy development and accelerate the desired future state of the DE4FS.


The project is designed to engage stakeholders deeply to provide input to various DE4FS concepts and evaluate several project outcomes to increase the impact of the project. Nine case studies provide real-life examples of the DE4FS at micro- and meso-economic levels, deploying data and technologies, which are used for mapping and improvement to promote data-enabled business models. In this way, Data4Food2030 creates credible pathways to navigate properly through the twilight zone towards a fair, inclusive, and innovative DE4FS.


Data4Food2030’s approach is targeted at an improved future state of the DE4FS from which clear design principles, recommendations and solutions are derived for improving and adapting policies and practices at public and private level. The project will provide valuable insights into the data economy for food systems, identifying key drivers and barriers, and ultimately providing a roadmap to a more sustainable, competitive, and innovative food system.


Project information:


Project coordinator: Wageningen University

Duration: 1 September 2022 - 31 August 2026

Funding program: European Union’s Horizon

Grant Agreement no: 101059473


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