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The Forecast Aggregator Structure and how to use it – FORECAST AGGREGATOR

The Forecast Aggregator Structure and how to use it

You can navigate the Forecast Aggregator based on the main core drivers of change (TEMPESTS factors), by  using the menu bar which cluster trends and signals along the main areas of change that are affecting skills in the food industry.

Forecast Aggregator and Future Skills Map Keys
Each area of this forecast aggregator contains five main components:

Drivers of Change are major forces of transformation that will shape the future of skills and jobs in the food- and food-related sectors. They are declined for each of the 8 power-breaking forces of the ASKFOOD “TEMPESTS” model.
Drivers of Change, the convergence of several trends into emerging ideas and phenomena that will disrupt traditional narratives and assumptions about skills and talents for the future of food. The questions under each driver of change serves as useful starting point for discussion and self-reflection.


Trends will shape the future of skills and jobs in the food and food-related sectors. Each trend is completed by a description of emerging, missing and confirmed skills and jobs.
Skills and jobs are described according to the ESCO classification https://ec.europa.eu/esco/portal


Skills are the ability of doing something well. They can be intended as expertise or know-how. In different studies, competences are defined as “a cluster of related abilities, commitments, knowledge, and skills that enable a person (or an organization) to act effectively in a job or situation. Competence indicates sufficiency of knowledge and skills that enable someone to act in a wide variety of situations”.
In the ASKFOOD FORECAST AGGREGATOR AND FUTURE SKILLS MAP, the term “skills” is preferred to remain consistent with the Flagship Initiative “New Skills for New Jobs”, that is one of the main pillars of the Europe 2020 Strategy. For each trend, skills are listed by using the ESCO skills pillar that distinguishes between i) skill/competence concepts and ii) knowledge concepts by indicating the skill type. However, there is no distinction between skills and competences. Each of these concepts comes with one preferred term and any number of non-preferred terms and hidden terms in each of the ESCO languages. The link to the ESCO website includes an explanation of the concept in the form of description, scope note and definition.


Jobs are intended as a paid position of regular employment. In The ASKFOOD FORECAST AGGREGATOR AND FUTURE SKILLS MAP organises the jobs according to the occupation concepts in ESCO. It uses hierarchical relationships between them, metadata as well as mappings to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) in order to structure the occupations. It refers to four main sub-areas of jobs: a) jobs related to food manufacturing; b) jobs related to food distribution, delivery and consumption; c) jobs related to food science and research; d) jobs related to food-related sectors.


Signals are documents, examples or early indicators, of the changes described by the trends and by the drivers of change. By providing analogies, reports, data, and explicit stories, signals help make the future seem more concrete. Documents are downloadable and links to official sites allow to the ASKFOOD FORECAST AGGREAGATOR AND FUTURE SKILLS MAP to get actively in dialogue with other Knowledge and Scenario Repositories in an ongoing process to actively shape the future we want by aggregating Open Source Knowledge.

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