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SMARTCHAIN will stimulate demand-driven innovation in short food supply chains to improve competitiveness and foster rural development using multi-actor approach. The project is using an interactive innovation model where all actors involved in the project (entrepreneurs and practitioners directly involved in running short food supply chains, representatives of organisations concerned with supporting short food supply chains and a number of researchers with different expertise who specialise in short food supply chains) are working together to make best use of scientific and practical knowledge for the co-creation and diffusion of novel solutions ready to solve practical problems.

The objectives are formulated as the following:
• Network Strengthen partnership among stakeholders in and between short food supply chains by creating a network for cooperation, co-creation and innovation (WP1, WP6)
• Solutions Generate innovative and practical solutions to barriers that restrict the scaling up of short food supply chains (WP2)
• Framework Develop a conceptual framework for the measurement of social innovations adapted to different types of short food supply chains (WP3)
• Recognition Understand consumer perceptions to promote greater acceptance of short food supply chains (WP4)
• Impacts Assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of short food supply chains and their role in circular economy (WP5)
• Platform Develop, operate and maintain the interactive innovation platform which will offer a range of services to key stakeholders and end-users on short food supply chains (WP6)
• Business models Support the long-term viability and competitiveness of short food supply chain practitioners by proposing new business models and opportunities for agri-food supply chains (WP7)
• Policy Recommendations Provide policy recommendations based on existing policies and regulatory requirements influencing sustainable food production and consumption (WP7)
• Dissemination Disseminate the project findings at large following an extended exploitation and dissemination plan that will be active throughout the project and beyond as well as to ensure project’s sustainability through its link with EU wide initiatives, especially the EIP-AGRI and its Operational Groups (WP8)

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Effective start/end date1/09/1830/10/21