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Situated learning Opportunities Fostered by Ict applications in Alternative Agro-food networks

Sofia helps people to access local food

About Sofia

The SOFIA project is financed by the EU Horizon 2020 program, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. It aims to develop mobile apps for helping people to access local food, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between farmers and consumers.
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The overall objective of the action is to improve the competitiveness of local food systems, leveraging on their potential in terms of both materials and human & social resources
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for Producers

The Sofia app will be a new marketing tool helping you to get the word out about your products.
By taking part in the project you will be better able to access consumers who are interested in your products
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for consumers

The Sofia app will be a new tool for helping you answer the question “Where can I find local food?”.
By taking part in the project you will be better able to become a more conscious eaters.
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Help us to help you embrace a community built around fresh local produce

Our goal is to pull together producer and consumers to help relocalize the food system. The Sofia app will be a new marketing tool helping producers to get the word out about their products, and consumers to answer the question “Where can I find local food?”.

By taking part in the project and filling-in our questionnaire, you can help us to conceive of, design and develop app services that better address your needs. You can then become an early adopter of the services that will be provided through the app developed as part of the Sofia project.


    SOFIA fosters the sustainable development of local food systems


    SOFIA helps small scale food growers and producers to better market their products


    SOFIA enables consumers engaged in AAFNs to be more conscious eaters


    SOFIA offers learning opportunities to both consumers and producers


Researchers involved in the SOFIA project
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Marco Della Gala

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Marco Della Gala joined the CCRI from the University of Calabria on 1 June 2016 to work on the SOFIA project. He was awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship. He will be working towards creating ICT based tools, in particular mobile applications, to help people access local food, a topic very close to the heart of the CCRI.
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Dr James Kirwan

Reader in Food Studies and Society
James is the ER supervisor. He has been working at the CCRI since 2002. His main research interests are the socio-economic impacts of local food networks, particularly the relationship between the production and consumption of food and their inpact on sustainable rural development.
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Dr Matt Reed

Senior Research Fellow
Matt is a sociologist with research interests in how and why social change takes place around food. He has worked at the CCRI since 2007. His main research interests are in organic food movement, in rural communities, in social networks, and in the changing technologies of food.
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Dr Robert Berry

Research Fellow
Rob joined the CCRI in 2012. His research is concerned with the application of geographical information systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies in rural and agricultural research.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 702884.