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TRAFOON focuses on the preservation, protection, innovation and further development of traditional foods in Europe

TITLE: Traditional Food Network to improve the transfer of knowledge for innovation
PROGRAMME: FP7 Cooperation, KBBE
INSTRUMENT: Coordination and Support action
TOTAL BUDGET: €4,407,491
DURATION: November 2013 – September 2016
COORDINATOR: Universitaet Hohenheim, Germany
CONSORTIUM: 30 partners from 14 European countries

In the European Union, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of the food sector are increasingly under pressure due to developing open markets, increasing demand of standardized and price competitive food products by the consumers, rising importance of large retailers and challenges in obeying governmental regulations. This raises the risk of losing many traditional foods as well as traditional processing techniques which are applied by SMEs using regional raw materials and often have a role in the cultural identity of regions.

The TRAFOON project is a network of 30 research institutions, technology transfer agencies and SME associations which covers the value chain of four groups of traditional food products based on fish, grains, vegetables and mushrooms, and fruits. It focuses on the preservation, protection, innovation and further development of traditional foods in Europe and it aims to support the small and medium sized producers of these products. 

TRAFOON will also provide knowledge and concrete suggestions to enhance the business and marketing aspect of those traditional products to make the producers more competitive or to keep them in the market at all.

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Cliona Ní Cheallacháin

Cliona was the mediator for the Fish work package (WP3), working to bridge the gap between SMEs and researchers. Cliona also worked on the development of communication and training methodologies to be used in the project. 


Contact Cliona about TRAFOON



Project Coordinator

Susanne Braun

Universitaet Hohenheim
Schloss Hohenheim 1,

Telephone: +49 71145924026



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