HelpFood 4.0, digital innovation for circular agri-food systems
The European consortium promoting food in terms of sustainabilityAs part of the European EIT Food programme, HelpFood 4.O studies Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) models promoting the social sustainability of agri-food production. In this context, the role of digital technologies can be explained with the goal of designing distribution systems able to reach a wide range of aware consumers, ensuring adequate remuneration for farms operating in the area.
THE IMPLEMENTED SOLUTIONThe project aims to study the viability of landscape and social infrastructures that allow the sustainability of food production to be shared by local communities. Shortening the distance between farmers and ‘eaters’ requires the implementation and management of material and digital devices. Improving the efficiency of the supply chain means considering the landscape as a place of innovation in which the circularity of rural economies finds in food the connecting element between growers, communities, and a growing number of aware consumers.
ACHIEVED BENEFITSSupporting the development of solutions focused on:
- optimal allocation of agricultural goods on local markets
- shared management of distribution models
- spreading of sustainable production and consumption models
- willingness to network between producers and consumers
- inclusiveness in change processes
- care and enhancement of the territory