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.

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Piia Mikonsaari
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Find out in the Coffee with KISMET event on the 28th of March, where we will be introduced to the story about the development of bioregion in Gauja National Park, Latvia.
In short, we will get first-hand experience in establishing the NGO "Greenfest", organizing local bio food markets, discussion events about sustainability, art festivals, and starting the idea about the bioregion, which has led to the signed Memorandum of Goodwill on the establishment of the first bioregion in the Baltics in the territory of the Gauja National Park.
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What are your organization’s sustainability focus and needs? Perhaps we have a tested tool for you to be inspired by!

We will get to know the expanded Sustainable Public Meal Toolkit and some of the tools offered to increase sustainability and enhance crisis preparedness. Iida Alasentie from the University of Helsinki, Finland will share insights into the StarKIT+ project outcomes together with Sara Seing, Head of the Diet Unit in Södertälje municipality, Sweden.


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Tervetuloa Savonlinnan Ruoka Forum: Millä Eväillä Tulevaisuuteen -tapahtumaan, joka kuljettaa sinut makujen täyteiselle polulle kohti tulevaisuutta ystävänpäivänä 14.2.2024! Uppoudu päivään täynnä inspiraatiota, verkostoitumista ja herkullisia makuelämyksiä. Tapahtuma on suunnattu kaikille Savonlinnan alueen ruokaketjun toimijoille.

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How do we bring healthy, locally-produced food to schools? This is the question that has been of key importance to many municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region.

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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