SMARTCHAIN has the ambition to further support the development of collaborative short food supply chains and promote a more favourable framework for sustainable, local, healthier and ethically produced food in Europe.

The Project

43 experts from 11 European Countries

9 Innovation hubs

18 short food supply chains
“A demand-driven approach with the active involvement of end-users (small farmers and small food businesses, agricultural cooperatives, farmer and consumer associations) is deeply embedded in the SMARTCHAIN project.”

SMARTCHAIN will develop a holistic, value chain approach aiming to establish 9 Innovation Hubs and enable local/regional collaboration of many farmers, micro and small-scale businesses with complementary expertise, build engagement of key stakeholders involved in short food supply chains, re-connect farmers and consumers and stimulate co-creation through citizen involvement.”

SMARTCHAIN will generate concrete actions for knowledge transfer, through the organisation of innovation workshops and training activities such as coaching and peer-to-peer learning for farmers and short food supply chain entrepreneurs. New robust SFSC-led business models will be delivered to help farmers and regions to capitalize upon their distinctive territorial competitive advantages in rural and peri-urban areas of Europe.”

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SMARTCHAIN links scientists with theoretical and methodological expertise with practitioners and stakeholders knowledgeable about the short food supply chain sector.

Innovation Hubs

To strengthen co-creation and collaboration between partners and ensure double-directional flow of information between research and practice within the SMARTCHAIN consortium, 9 Innovation and Collaboration Hubs will be established from the very beginning of the project in France (HUB Manager: ACTIA), Germany (UHOH), Greece (UOC), Hungary (KIS), Italy (UNIBO), Netherlands (AMP), Serbia (UOB), Spain (AZTI) and Switzerland (WBF). The establishment of the national innovation hubs will lead to a permanent association of stakeholders at national level, working on the improvement of short food supply efficiency for the economic growth of the sector for the benefits of European farmers and citizens.