KISMET – Sustainable Food Environments

Picture. Nathan Dumlao.

With Kismet, we change our destiny and transform the current food systems in cities and regions around the Baltic Sea to sustainability. 

Kismet provides them with concrete instruments and tools for working better with governance, demand and production sides.

Project Activities and the Solution

The project tackles the challenge that local and regional authorities often lack capacity, require new impulses or need innovative solutions for realising more circular and sustainable food environments. Kismet provides them with concrete instruments and tools for working better with governance, demand and production sides.

The project’s overall solution is the “Enabling Programme for Sustainable Food Environments”, developed by the 13 partner organisations from seven Baltic Sea Region countries. The programme entails a mix of concrete tools for making local food environments more sustainable.

Enabling Programme for Sustainable Food Environments

Kismet pilots the solution in 8 local cases, and South Savo’s pilots will take place in Savonlinna during 2024. After piloting, the Enabling Programme is transferred to further target groups via friendship cities for jointly implementing and rolling out the solution.

At the end of the project, the local food environment of each partner and their friendship city will be better equipped to eventually change consumer behaviour for good, create circular business opportunities and make food chains and production more regional so that societies can make a big step towards climate neutrality.

Work Packages

WP 1 Preparing solutions
1.1 Prepare “participation, governance and integration modules”
1.2 Prepare “guidance for demand-side drivers”
1.3 Prepare a “roadmap for production side drivers”
1.4 Set the stage for the cases in the 8 local innovation partnerships
1.5 Prepare an evaluation concept for the combined “Enabling Programme”

 WP 2 Piloting and evaluating solutions
2.1 Pilot the “participation, governance and integration modules”
2.2 Pilot the “guidance for demand-side drivers”
2.3 Pilot the “roadmap for production side drivers”
2.4 Transnational exchange and cross-fertilised learning
2.5 Evaluate and revise the Enabling Programme

WP 3 Transferring solutions
3.1 Organize outreach campaign to include friendhips cities – communicate and exploit results
3.2 Onboarding and introducing friendship cities
3.3 Friendship cities implement the solution supported by transnational activities
3.4 Develop a Durability Master Plan for the Enabling Programme


The project Kismet helps public authorities create favourable conditions for food producers and consumers to choose sustainable food options. Official project website, Interreg Baltic Sea region, link below:

Picture 1. Kismet-timeline.

Pilots in South Savo

The pilots of the Enabling Programme will take place in Savonlinna during 2024.

Pilot: Databank – About the South Savo Food Chain, link


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14.2.2024 Savonlinnan Ruoka Forum: Millä Eväillä Tulevaisuuteen?

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More information

Piia Mikonsaari

Project manager
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 50 4108 048

Jenni Palosaari

RDI Specialist
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 50 9111 364


Project name:

KISMET – sustainable food environments

Project duration: 1.1.2023–31.12.2025


Lead partner: City of Hamburg
Partial partners: Steinbeis Transfer GmbH, Södertälje municipality, Foodworks Association, Vidzeme Planning region, Vejle Municipality, Beras International Foundation, Tartu Biotechnology Park, ScanBalt, Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre, Food Innovation Center, Prizztech Ltd, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences


Financier and main source of funding: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
Total budget: 3 627 012
Xamk part of the total budget: 291 488