From Farm to Fork

Application deadline: November 8, 2021
Application deadline: November 8, 2021 (you will be redirected to the ECIU website)


Challenge provider Trento Municipality
Instructor Francesca Di Stradis
Period November 15 to December 16, 2021
Application deadline November 8, 2021
Expected Class composition 12-20 students, 3-5 teams
Embedded micro-module n.a.
Challenge From Farm to Fork
Challenge average workload 1,5 hours a day for 5 days a week for 4 weeks (on average)

Online from November 16 to December 10
In presence in Trento from December 12 to 16


The grand topic of the challenge is distribution and delivery of local agricultural production to help small farmers and allow a healthy lifestyle for the population.

The challenge provider will be introduced in the kick-off session and the challenge will be presented to students around mid-November. An interim meeting with the challenge provider will be organized in the first week of December where the first results will be presented by students. The final meeting will be held around mid-December where the winner will be announced.

Students will be provided with a reference framework with the definition of the challenge and specific objectives. In the first phase, students will be asked to take a critical approach to the topic and redefine the challenge into more specific sub-challenges. Following an in-depth analysis, they will be stimulated to produce ideas to solve the challenge and/or sub-challenges identified in the meantime. Finally, they will be instructed to define a concrete action plan aimed at implementing the ideas developed and their verification and validation, also to provide useful information for the European debate on the subject.

The challenge

Identify possible recipients of local agricultural production.

  • Focus on specific sub-groups, like e.g. the student community, or the University, or people temporarily in Trento who come from outside the region
  • Facilitate the relaunch of sustainable urban and peri-urban agriculture by encouraging direct interaction between producers and consumers, shortening the supply chain and improving direct sales, thereby promoting healthy nutrition and lifestyle.
  • Some questions to be addressed: How to distribute in a more widespread way agricultural products of a short supply chain, matching the needs of local producers with those of consumers in Trento city? How to improve the distribution of local agricultural products in Trento, based on consumers’ needs? How to improve the lifestyle of the final consumers? How to reach students and make them understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, starting from nutrition?

With lots of creativity, strategic reasoning, analytic work and readiness to develop an implementable project, students will be guided by the teamcher to the delivery of a sound final project for each participating team that will compete for the final victory.

Target groups

Trento’s producers and consumers. Among consumers: university community, especially students. The challenge however also consists in identifying possible new target groups.

Assessment and expectations

We’ll include a learning assessment guided by the principles of self-directed learning, the reflective perspective, and the integration of summative with formative assessment.

Expected impact

  • Identify market segments that would appreciate the delivery of healthy food through non-traditional distribution channels
  • Find solutions for the efficient delivery of healthy food produced by local farmers
  • Build awareness about the importance of healthy food

Expectations from students

Work in teams, average workload 1,5 hours per day for five days a week for 4 weeks

Best Solution Winner

NUMERO AMICO: A digital platform for local producers and a printed catalog for local food products dedicated to elderly and physically impaired people and to non-tech consumers. The catalog will allow fragile social groups to buy products through a call center, which manages food orders and home delivery. The purpose is increasing inclusiveness of all population segments in the consumption of healthy local products and in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Application deadline: November 8, 2021