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About Sofia

The SOFIA project is financed by the EU Horizon 2020 program, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

The aim of the project is to  conceive of, and develop mobile apps, for helping people to access local food, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between farmers and consumers who are engaged in Alternative Agro-Food Networks (AAFNs).

AAFNs include:

  • Direct on-farm sales
  • Pick-your-own
  • Farmers’ markets
  • Box schemes
  • Community supported agriculture
  • Collective farm shops
  • Buying groups/clubs

AFFNs provide a space where a variety of knowledge related to agriculture, the local rural economy, traditions, the environment, healthy eating, and consumer values, may be exchanged, thus offering learning opportunities to both consumers and producers.

Nowadays, such information/knowledge exchange may be supported and extended by mobile services that can enable producers to provide further information for consumers on who they are and what products they sell, in addition to the face-to-face interaction that is enabled in AAFNs.

The expected impact of the research is the improvement of local food networks by:

  • foster the sustainable development of local food systems;
  • help small scale food growers and producers to better market their products;
  • enable producers to access new markets;
  • increase producers’ learning opportunities about consumers’ tastes and culinary practices.

Sofia APP - Consumer perspective

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The SOFIA project is financed by the EU Horizon 2020 program, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

WHY SHOULD I TAKE PART IN SOFIA?

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.

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You will get an app designed to address your needs

help us to conceive of, design and develop app services that better address your needs

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You will access to the Sofia app services

You will become an early adopter of the services that will be provided through the app developed as part of the Sofia project

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You will become a more conscious eater

You will foster the sustainable development of your local food systems and you will be better able to learn where the food you eat comes from

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