WHAT IS “SMARTCHAIN”?
) is an ambitious, 3 years 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 is:
i) performing a multi-perspective analysis of 18 case studies of short food supply chains in terms of technological, regulatory, social, economic and environmental factors,
ii) assessing the linkages and interactions among all stakeholders involved in short food supply chains
iii) identifying the key parameters that influence sustainable food production and rural development among different regions in Europe.
The project has established 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 is enabling 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 is generating concrete actions for knowledge transfer, through the organisation of multi-stakeholder workshops and training activities for farmers and short food supply chain entrepreneurs.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “SHORT FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS” (SFSC)?
We understand the idea of Short food supply chain as the reduction of the distance between producer and consumer, with the aim to improve the transparency, efficiency and sustainability of food supply chains, reducing the number of intermediaries and empowering the producer position within the value chain.
WHY THIS QUESTIONNAIRE?
With this questionnaire, we aim to assess the socioeconomic sustainability of SFSC, from farmers and producers' perspective: why do they choose to distribute their products through SFSC? What are for them the advantages and disadvantages to work with such food supply chains, in comparison with conventional big distribution?
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