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Like two peas in a pod – organic and digital transformation (extended abstract)

  • Transforming our food system is important to achieving global climate neutrality and food security. Germany has set a national target of reaching a 30% share in organic farming to support the goal. When looking at the transformation process from conventional to organic farming, it becomes apparent that measures need to be taken to reach this anticipated goal. A particular emphasis of this work is placed on finding a digital solution and process improvements to ensure longevity and efficiency. Interviews with actors along the farm-to-fork value chain were conducted to identify central barriers and drivers of organic transformation. The results of the interviews show firstly, that three subsystems need to be distinguished when talking about the farm-to-fork value chain: (1) farmers, (2) intermediaries, and (3) the canteen system. Although all three subsystems can be combined to form a coherent value chain, they rarely act and communicate beyond the boundaries of their subsystem. Secondly, we were able to allocate primary barriers and drivers to each of the subsystems, highlighting the need to include all three in the transformation process and aim for a comprehensive digital solution. This work explores the potential of a network-based platform to improve the current practice of rigid and strictly hierarchical value chains. We focus on deriving user requirements from the interviews to describe the necessary functionality of the platform to address the identified barriers and exploit existing drivers.

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Author of HS ReutlingenHertweck, Dieter; Scheerer, Tamara
Erschienen in:Joint Proceedings of ICT4S 2023 doctoral symposium, demonstrations & posters track and workshops, co-located with 9th International Conference on Information and Communications Technology for Sustainability (ICT4S 2023), Rennes, France, June 05-09, 2023
Publisher:RWTH Aachen
Place of publication:Aachen
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2023
Tag:environmentally reflected system modeling; organic food supply chain; sustainable food system; value chain; value network
Page Number:4
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International