Projects / SMARTCHAIN

H2020-project

We are very proud to announce that we are consortium member and Dutch innovation hub manager in the European SMARTCHAIN H2020 project. With our expertise, we will work on innovation for driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains.

H2020 Projects
01/09/2018 – 31/08/2021

SFS-34-2017
Towards Innovation – driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains.

SMARTCHAIN

SMARTCHAIN is an ambitious, 3 year project with 43 partners from 11 European countries including key stakeholders from the domain of short food supply chain as actors in the project.

The central objective is to foster and accelerate the shift towards collaborative short food supply chains and, through concrete 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.

Using bottom-up, demand-driven research, the SMARTCHAIN consortium i) will perform a multi-perspective analysis of 18 case studies of short food supply chains in terms of technological, regulatory, social, economic and environmental factors, ii) will assess the linkages and interactions among all stakeholders involved in short food supply chains and iii) will identify the key parameters that influence sustainable food production and rural development among different regions in Europe.

Aims

The project aims to establish 9 national communities of short food supply chains (Innovation and Collaboration Hubs) in different partner countries (France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland) and a virtual innovation hub in order to facilitate stakeholder engagement, bringing farmers and consumers together in a trust-enhancing environment enabling them to generate demand driven-innovations.

Combination of scientific and practical knowledge and the use of innovation workshops will enable the development of practical innovative solutions as well as the promotion of a framework for different forms of collaborative short food supply chains in urban and rural areas. SMARTCHAIN will generate concrete actions for knowledge transfer, through the organisation of multi-stakeholder workshops and training activities for farmers and short food supply chain entrepreneurs.

Coordinator:
Universitat Hohenheim, Germany

Keywords:
Short Food Supply Chain Management
Sustainable innovation
Environment, resources and sustainability
Social innovation
Supply chain management
Participatory Innovation
New business opportunities