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Concrete proposals for Sweden's food strategy

Sweden, like Europe and the rest of the world, has been affected by drought, the corona pandemic, the energy crisis and Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Therefore, measures are now being initiated worldwide to deal with these crises and be better prepared for future challenges. Vinnova believes that it is important that the update of the national food strategy also takes note of the complex challenges we face where the food system is an integral part of both the problems and not least the solutions.

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As one of the world's most innovative countries, Sweden has good chances to change and advance its position within sustainable food systems and thus also increase production, strengthen competitiveness and push sustainability work forward. But more must be done so that actors in the food system have the ability to meet the multifaceted challenges we face. Preparedness and self-sufficiency are increasingly important, while environmental and climate challenges have become increasingly apparent. Households' financial space has shrunk and food has become more expensive. In step with cost increases and shifts in values, consumer behavior changes.


Even if initiatives around new food sprout, these find it difficult to scale up and take a place in the market, and opportunities are thus lost. The industry's analyzes show that there is a great deal of innovation activity in the food system, but few innovations are ground-breaking and thus not sufficient to drive the transformation that must take place.

It requires cross-border collaborations and powerful innovation initiatives that increase our ability to jointly create an ability to foresee and help shape the future.

Available data is a valuable but often underutilized commodity in accelerating AI and technology development. Rules and policy do not keep up with the development and risk putting sticks in the wheel for the important innovations that are needed.

- It is about complex system challenges that are difficult to break down into smaller sub-goals that a single actor must be able to solve. Therefore, cross-border collaborations and powerful innovation efforts are required that increase our ability not only to deal with acute problems, but where we together create an ability to foresee and help shape the future, says Alexander Alvsilver, area leader for the innovation area Sustainable food systems at Vinnova.

- This is the basis of Vinnova's contribution to the update of Sweden's national food strategy.

Read more about the proposals in Vinnova's input to the food strategy

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If you have questions about the area, or want to contribute, contact us.

Alexander Alvsilver

Programme Manager

+46 8 473 30 55

Last updated 29 June 2023

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