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:
- organic honey
- 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.
Co-creation with the End-Users
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.