Who are the h-ALO end-users?

h-ALO End-users are represented by owners of small/medium sized farms, local producers of organic and craft food, producers of novel types of food such as aquaponics, and on-site food vendors. They will have an active and participative role in the project. h-ALO partners will work in close collaboration with end-users during the project to ensure that their concerns and desired outcomes are fully understood and considered.

End-users willing to support the h-ALO project will be invited to be part of the h-ALO End-users Committee and to provide information on safety- and risk-relevant analytical needs concerning chemical and microbiological hazards in their field of expertise, thus co-creating the list of target analytes.

The End-users Committee will be the principal tool for involving several small- and medium-farmers and local retailers/vendors representatives for each h-ALO value chain.  

How h-ALO will engage with end-users?

The End-Users Committee (EUC) is the h-ALO principal tool for involving several small- and medium-sized farms and local retailers/vendors in the field of food chains investigated in the project:

  • aquaponics
  • organic honey
  • craft-beer
  • raw milk

Members of the EUC will have an active and participative role in the project. They will be invited to provide information on safety- and risk-relevant analytical needs concerning chemical and microbiological hazards in their field of expertise, thus co-creating the list of target analytes. Through their inputs and feedback, they will help h-ALO partners to develop a sensor that addresses the real needs of end-users.

Meet the End-Users Committee

End-Users Commitee

Organic honey

Craft beer

Raw Milk

Aquaponics

Co-creation with the End-Users

Survey

To collect preferences and suggestions on analytes of interest for the different food chains, the h-ALO consortium elaborated and conducted surveys among interested end-users. The survey was aimed at collecting relevant data about end-user opinions on:

  • the importance in their routine activity of the analytes proposed by the consortium;
  • any suggestion about missing analytes worth of consideration within the project.

Through the survey h-ALO partners collected both qualitative and quantitative information on analytes of interest for the use of the h-ALO sensor.

About the Workshop

On April 20th, 2021 the h-ALO consortium organized the first online stakeholders workshop entitled “h-ALO meets the End-Users”. During the workshop, Confagricoltura and CNR presented an overview on trends in the Agrifood system and illustrated in more detail the h-ALO project goals, highlighting the fundamental role that end-users play in the design and validation of the sensor. Moreover, ISZVe showed results of the survey they conducted amongst the EUC to better understand the needs and perspectives of end-users and prioritize analyte of interest in the 4 food-chains. Afterward a fruitful discussion amongst h-ALO partners and invited stakeholders was opened to better understand how to address as much as possible end users requests while keeping in mind the technical limitations of the sensor.

The debate was very lively and brought to the attention of the Consortium some key considerations. From one side, the correspondence between the objectives and ambitions of the h-ALO project and end-users needs and requirements was confirmed. End-users showed enthusiasm and interest in the h-ALO sensor, recognizing it as a useful and user-friendly tool for the safety and quality monitoring of their products. From the other side, it emerged the need to check the feasibility of extending the number of target analytes in the 4 food chains according to the end-users’ inputs.

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