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Researchers of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences participate at the Horizon Project GRASS Ceiling. GRASS Ceiling will develop a context where women can drive socio-ecological transitions, that is, develop innovations in response to socio-ecological challenges and strengthen the resilience of rural areas. This is essential to deliver the UN’s goals on gender parity, realise the EU gender equality strategy, and achieve the goals of the Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy, the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas and the European Pillar of Social Rights.
In 2023, the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (LCSS), Institute of Economics and Rural Development launches a new Horizon Europe project “Tools4CAP - Innovative Toolbox empowering effective CAP governance towards EU ambitions”. Tools4CAP stands for HORIZON EUROPE-CL6-2022-GOVERNANCE-01 Coordination and Support Action (CSA) call for proposals in the field of innovative tools and methods to evaluate the design and support, monitoring and implementation of effective CAP strategic plans.
On 15–16th September 2022, researchers from the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (LCSS), Institute of Economics and Rural Development dr. Živilė Gedminaitė-Raudonė and dr. Rita Lankauskienė took part in the International scientific conference “Cooperation and experience of science in support of policies for rural development”, devoted to the 20th Anniversary of the European Rural Development Network, ERDN (2002–2022), which took place in Mielno, Poland.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in the agri-food supply chains. As the agri-food supply chains are related to the basic needs of the population, the governments have responded with a plethora of policy measures aimed at alleviating the undesirable effects of the COVID-19. Still, there is no clear understanding as to how different policy measures interact and affect the viability of the agri-food supply chains. In this project, we resort to the concept of the viability of the supply chains and seek to devise the measures thereof by employing multi-criteria analysis and simulation. This will allow identifying the combinations of the policy measures ensuring effective use of the public funds and improving food security via the proper functioning agri-food supply chains. The case of Lithuania will be dealt with in the empirical analysis.
Research Council of Lithuania funds the project ,,Assessing the most appropriate measures for increasing the economic resilience of Lithuanian agriculture to reduce the consequences of the COVID-19“.
Researchers of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences Institute of Economics and Rural Development have implemented research project “Food waste and food loss calculation, identification of the underlying causes, and recommendations along the food supply chain". The project sought to assess the food loss and waste in the primary production, processing, retail, and final consumption (households and catering).
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics takes part in international scientific project “SHERPA - Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors”, implemented under HORIZON 2020 - RUR-2018-2020 Rural Renaissance programme, Grant agreement no. 862448.
Lithuanian Energy Institute and Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics implement research project on promotion of energy efficiency and sustainability in households via elicitation of the willingness to pay for new energy technologies.
Research group:dr. Tomas BaležentisIERD
Activity Analysis Framework for Structural Change-Productivity-Climate Nexus in Agriculture The gains in productivity allow for a sustainable economic growth. At the European Union (EU) level, a flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy called A resource-efficient Europe and A Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050 have confirmed the aspirations for gains in productivity and climate change mitigation. The concept of sustainability, therefore, needs to be incorporated within the productivity analysis framework to provide appropriate support for evidence-based policies. Indeed, the goals of productivity and climate change mitigation have also been reflected in the other strategic documents and policies, e.g. the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU and UN post-2015 development agenda.
Holistic Risk Assessment in Agriculture: Concepts, Models, and Application (AGRIRISK)No 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-02-0020 The purpose of this post-doctoral fellowship research is to analyse the concept and models of risk management in agriculture, and based on the holistic paradigm, to formulate a comprehensive risk management model for agriculture.
Research group:dr. Tomas BaležentisIERD Lina NovickytėIERD