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

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

Project activities and the solution

The overall solution of the project is “Enabling Programme for sustainable food environments” which is developed by the 13 partner organizations from seven Baltic Sea Region countries. The programme entails a mix of concrete different digital format (tools, documents, scripts, videos, infographics, etc.).

KISMET further pilots the solution in 8 case which consists of three different pilots: one for governance, one for consumers, and one for producers. Xamk’s pilots will take place in the South-Savo region. More detailed contents of the pilots will be planned during Spring 2023. After piloting, the Enabling Programme is transfered to further target groups via replicator/friendship cities for jointly implementing and rolling out the solution.

In the end of the project, the local food environment on each partner and their friendship city will be better equipped to eventually change consumer behavior 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.

Project partners

City of Hamburg, DE, Local public authority (Project leader)
Steinbeis Transfer GmbH, DE, Business support organization
Södertälje municipality, SE, Local public authority
Foodworks Association, DE, Interest group
Vidzeme Planning region, LV, Regional public authority
Vejle Municipality, DK, Local public authority
Beras International Foundation, SE, NGO
Tartu Biotechnology Park, EE, Business support organization
ScanBalt, EE, BGO
Public Institution Lithuanian Innovation Centre, LT, Business support organization
Food Innovation Center, DK, Business support organization
Prizztech Ltd., FI, Business support organization
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk, FI, University of Applied Sciences

More information

Project Manager
Jade Hirvonen
tel. +358 40 167 6918

RDI Specialist
Sinikka Mynttinen

Privacy statement of the project

Official project website,
Interreg Baltic Sea Region


KISMET - Sustainable food environments

1 January 2023 – 31 December 2025

Project partners

Lead partner: City of Hamburg

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.

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing


Total budget: € 3 627 012

XAMK part of the total budget: € 291 488

Financiers and main source of funding: Interreg Baltic Sea Region