Transnational cooperation to develop local barley to beer value chains

Hilde Halland, Peter Martin, Sigridur Dalmannsdóttir, Sæmundur Sveinsson, Rólvur Djurhuus, Mette Thomsen, John Wishart, Ólafur Reykdal

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Transnational cooperation is a common strategy for addressing research and development (R&D) issues resulting from similar challenges that cut across administrative borders. Value chains for food and drinks are complex, and transdisciplinary work is recognised as a method for solving complex issues. The Northern Cereals project ran from 2015 to 2018, and its goal was to increase cereal production and the value of grain products in four regions in the Northern Periphery programme area. The project included both R&D, but the main emphasis was on development, and was carried out by transdisciplinary cooperation between R&D partners and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). By reviewing the project's methods, outcomes and composition, we discuss if a framework of transnational and transdisciplinary cooperation can help to develop the value chain from local barley to beer. We found that transnational cooperation was achieved successfully, that stakeholder involvement was crucial, but that academic disciplines such as marketing and innovation could have been included. In addition, we recognised that much work remains to further increase cereal production and the use of local grain in the Northern Periphery region, but believe that this project has laid a good foundation for further progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-149
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Agriculture
Issue number1
Early online date21 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Apr 2020


  • Northern Periphery region
  • transdisciplinary
  • transnational
  • value chain barley to beer


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