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 realising more circular and sustainable food environments. KISMET provides them with concrete instruments and tools for working better with governance, demand and production sides.

Project activities and the solution

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.

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.

Picture: Nathan Dumlao


Project Manager
Jade Hirvonen
tel. +358 40 167 6918

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Coffee with KISMET: Kauno Grūdai

Coffee with KISMET presents a great opportunity for stakeholders interested in the future of food to get valuable insights from ecosystem leaders in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.

To open the series of events we have invited guests from Lithuania – Kauno Grūdai, one of the largest food manufacturers in the country, counting more than 130 years of history and experience. The company has a significant presence not only in Lithuania but also in international markets.

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Pilots in South Savo

The pilots of the Enabling Programme will take place in Savonlinna during 2024. Stay tuned for more information!

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



KISMET - Sustainable food environments

01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025


Hallinnoija: City of Hamburg

Osatoteuttajat: 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.


Kokonaisbudjetti: 3 627 012 €

Xamkin osuus kokonaisbudjetista: 291 488 €

Rahoittaja ja päärahoituslähde: Interreg Baltic Sea Region