The central objective of SMARTCHAIN is to foster and accelerate the shift towards collaborative short food supply chains and, through specific actions and recommendations, to introduce new robust business models and innovative practical solutions that enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the European agri-food system.

To achieve this objective, SMARTCHAIN applies an overarching open innovation concept where the various actors involved in the project are working together to make best use of complementary types of knowledge for the co-creation and diffusion of solutions ready to implement in practice.

Using a combination of scientific and practical knowledge, SMARTCHAIN will analyse technological, regulatory, social, economic and environmental factors related with short food supply chains in order to assess the linkages and interactions among all stakeholders involved in the value chain and to identify the key parameters that influence sustainable food production and rural development among different regions in the EU.

The objectives and results of SMARTCHAIN will unlock the potential for competitiveness and sustainability by stimulating practical innovative solutions to problems in the short food supply chain domain.


University of Hohenheim, Organic Services GmbH (SME), University of Bologna, University of Turin, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari IT, Legacoop Puglia, Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana, Utrecht University, Wageningen University, Nederlands Bakkeij Centrum, Food Technology Institutes, University of Crete, Campden BRI Hungary, Kislépték – Association for Small Scale Farmers, University of Belgrade, Institute of Physics Belgrade, AZTI, CITOLIVA, Gestiona Global, Agroscope, ISEKI Food Association, FoodDrinkEurope, Eucofel, Copa Cogeca, The European Food Information Council, Solidarische Landwirtschaft, LWK Niedersachsen, Alce Nero, Arvaia, Brandt & Levie, AMPED Concepts, Centre Technique Agroalimentaire (AGPFGA), Couleurs Paysannes, Allotropon SYN, Co-operative of Producers – Consumers of organic products, FoodHub – Local Food Network, Thermal Valley of Zala, Polo-Cacak, Udruženje Kompanija, La Trufa de Alava, Fundacion Lantegi Batuak, BIOFRUITS SA, Chèvrement bon.


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