An operational and dynamic network of varied types of actors is the first key to fulfilling the objectives of the Action. For that purpose, WG1 will be in charge of building human connections, collective engagement of the objectives (common vision), improved relevance of the network coverage, and efficient tools for communication/co-working to maintain a dynamic beyond regular meetings.
WG2 - Cartography of Fermented Foods in the diet of COST Countries
The role of Fermented Foods (FF) in the diet of the participating COST members, from North to South and from East to West is enormously variable and has been shaped through centuries, by geographical, climate, historical, social and religious elements.
WG3 - Health benefits and risks of fermented foods
WG3 aims to answer the following questions: i) What is the most recent state-of-the-art in terms of scientific evidence of nutritional and health benefits conferred by FF? ii) How can safety aspects be integrated into risk/benefit analyses of FF? iii) How can research data on the health risks/benefits of FF be aligned with the consumption of FF across PIMENTO countries to foster the integration of fermented foods in nutritional public health strategies?
WG4 - Federating scientists and Fermented Food producers to boost innovation for society
Fermentation is a sustainable process which does not require heavy equipment and is thus accessible to SMEs or local producers for innovation. The functional biodiversity of safe microorganisms characterised during the past decades represents a promising basis for products development and innovations in response to consumer’s expectations. WG4 will explore how to facilitate and foster these innovations for producers and society.
WG5 - Dissemination, training & events
For the long-term impact of the Action, WG5 will support broad dissemination, training and events.
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