The Gain Transition Model is a conceptual framework that is widely recognized and utilized by Dutch food transition stakeholders to explain the various network/collaboration levels of the sustainable food transition and short food supply chain. The model is composed of four levels:

LEVEL I: A local food system can be formed through collaboration among several partners.

LEVEL II: Collaboration among Local2Local and a regional network of stakeholders.

LEVEL III: Collaboration among local food systems on a national scale.

LEVEL IV: European coordination among EU member states, for instance through funding and research of the SMARTCHAIN project, linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and European targets regarding carbon emissions and climate change. 

The Gain Transition Model is a useful tool to analyze these four levels of collaborative short food supply chains.

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The GAIN Transition Model is in line with the central objective of the SMARTCHAIN project, to accelerate a sustainable food transition through facilitating collaboration among short food supply chain actors.This model will be launched in the SMARTCHAIN project by the project partners Utrecht University and AMPED

A gamification concept will be developed for SMARTCHAIN based on the GAIN Transition Model. The gamification concept will incorporate game elements (such as points, goals and rewards) into non-game contexts that increase user engagement and offer unique opportunities to identify and mobilize actors in the short food supply chain. The gamification concept will develop a strategy and roadmap for building the "short food supply chain community" by designing local, regional, national and European scales of epic wins/goals, game concepts, game mechanics, data models, financial models, legal frameworks and marketing strategies.