The region
Contact

Inga Berzina

Mikelis Grivins

ZSA & BSC

About the Living Lab

The Living Lab will look to facilitate the change in how beef cattle farmers use digital technologies to communicate with consumers in terms of presenting beef cattle farmers’ practices, product and farming impacts to them. Also to enhance information exchange between beef cattle farmers in Latvia.

The landscape and the environmental characteristics of Latvia are the appropriate for the high-value beef cattle meat production around organic and ethical production focused on animal welfare values.

This production system has low environmental impacts and also gives positive social impact providing employability to local people. Large areas of organically certified pastures allow sustainable farming models that would be difficult in many other EU countries.

In spite of the apparent advantages the sector has, it has failed so far to communicate the characteristics of Latvia’s beef cattle to local consumers. The representatives of the sector do not have the funding needed to launch an extensive advertisement campaign. Thus, the Living Lab aims at upscaling the potential of the beef cattle sector using digital tools to communicate with a broader audience.

Living Lab coordinator: ZS & BSC
Domain: Agriculture and Rural

Focal question

To develop innovative support system for recognition and traceability of beef cattle meat, in order to improve and extend markets by digital tools (e.g. digital marketing strategy aimed at communicating the characteristics of Latvia’s beef to consumers and farmers).

Objectives
  • Replicate and upscale the best examples of how digital solutions are used to strengthen communication between beef cattle farmers and consumers.
  • Communicate to consumers the positive elements of beef cattle farming (production conditions), to counter the flow of information presenting meat producers only in a negative light.
  • Establish innovative support systems to exchange experience of short food supply chains.
Main stakeholders
  • Public authorities: State Food and Veterinary Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia Data Centre.

  • Stakeholder institution: Union Farmers Parliament, NGO Beef Breeders Union.

  • Local organisations: Beef farmers

  • Business organisations: Auction Houses, Maxima (retail chain).

  • Agriculture knowledge and innovation systems: Baltic Studies Centre, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia Rural Advisory and Training Centre.

Key documents

To be added when available.