The major objective of CAPSELLA is to raise awareness about the proper use and management of agricultural land and agro-biodiversity for addressing major sustainability threats on several layers: ecological, societal, economic, food quality. Our project will cope with these issues by leveraging collective knowledge that already exists in communities. Through the development of data driven ICT applications we will bring this knowledge to an upgraded level. Just like the tiny yet sturdy little plant it takes the name from, CAPSELLA will deepen the roots of sustainability in agri-food systems by harnessing scientific and local knowledge, people’s energy, motivation and innovation skills around the theme of agro-biodiversity by making use of novel, improved and demand-driven ICT solutions.
To achieve its main objective CAPSELLA has the following specific objectives:
  1. Actively promote alternative agricultural production systems and behaviours that respect the environment and raise awareness on the importance of diversity at any level along the food supply chain in order to address the challenges of sustainability from farm to fork.
  2. Strengthen collaboration within and between communities (small diversified farming, precision farming, food suppliers) and support their interactions with researchers (ICT and agro-biodiversity experts), hacker communities, civil society, and small businesses.
  3.  Support policy dialogue and development in the area of sustainable agri-food productio.
  4. Develop a cloud based platform to support community based initiatives concerning biodiversity in agri-food systems and food quality.
  5. Support open data driven innovation in the agri-food sector.
  6. Develop a number of community driven scenarios, innovative ICT applications for targeted communities, and run related pilots.
  7. Prototyping, Accelerating and run incubation activities.

Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (Coordinator) (ATHENA RC),
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitati e di Perfezionamento (SSSA),
Aston University / Aston Business School (AST),
Agro-Know BVBA (AK/BE),
Zephyr s.r.l.,
Zuidelijke Land en Tuinbouw Organisatie – ZLTO– Den Bosch