The food supply system Part 2 - domestic challenges, possible solutions

Author: Viktória Szűcs, Gyula Dudás


Social, economic and environmental changes pose a serious challenge to the complex Hungarian food supply system with many stakeholders, the elements of which have a significant impact on each other as well. In order for the system to respond flexibly and adapt to change, and to ensure its stability in the future, it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of the current situation and to anticipate future challenges. In the course of the present work, the challenges facing the Hungarian food supply system, the answers to them and possible solutions were examined during a series of workshops consisting of three events, within the framework of the Policy Lab work of the FIT4FOOD2030 project. Based on the results of the work, it can be stated that the Hungarian food supply system has strong foundations, but in order to adapt to the challenges of the coming years successfully, significant changes must be made. Production based on innovative solutions that respect natural conditions is of paramount importance, taking into account the expectations and safety of consumers, as well as the needs of the stakeholders of the supply system. Cooperation of the stakeholders is essential for this process, increasing their openness, improving their responsiveness, as well as thinking in a system, while focusing on the problems of the given sector. In addition, policy measures are needed that support the complex use of research, development and innovation related to food supply systems, and involve a wide range of stakeholders in the building of innovative and integrated value chains with regard to sustainable management systems, environmental challenges and human health.



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