MDI evaluated the Local Food Programme

TK-Eval MDI and evaluated the Local Food Programme for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The evaluation focused on execution, results and preliminary effects on the Local Food sector. The evaluation is based on documentary analysis, electronic survey, interviews and workshops. Consumer behavior and delivery channels have been changing recently. Consumers are more and more interested in food and its origin and direct selling channels are increasingly popular. The Local Food Programme has had an impact in developing the local food theme and creating partnerships. Diversification of the production and raising the level of processing are key objectives for the Programme in the future. The evaluation was due in November 2018.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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