Oikos is a reference NGO in Portugal acting specially in Africa and Latin America but with many projects in Portugal as well and has created SmartFarmer to improve the food system in Portugal. The project comprises several dimensions to it and some of them are very similar to OFN. I met some of the team members at Oikos and we had the opportunity to discuss a few topics I’d like to share with you in this post.
We have discussed whether we will have a Portuguese OFN instance or if we will start by joining Katuma. I created a paralell post for that topic here: OFN Portugal instance
The most interesting discussion for the general community was about features of the smartfarmer tool, what oikos is looking for in OFN and what are the possibilities of integration of the two tools.
The overall finding is that smaryfarmer is more focused than ofn on the demand side of the platform where consumers can access/search products from different producers. The solution for this type of feature is currently to create a smartfarmer hub in ofn where many producers products are gathered.
One of the basic features of smartfarmer (like many tools of the same type) is to allow the user to search for shops and products based on user postal code, this is something interesting for OFN, I am not sure this has been discussed in OFN.
Smartfarmer has specific features, that it will mantain, like producers created produce auctions and the support to run food procurement processes for public canteens (I have learned a lot in this meeting!).
But many features like consumers and producers accont/profile management, catalog management, order placement and order managament are common to OFN and can potentially be migrated to OFN. So a good part of the conversation was about integrating the two tools:
integrate shared login data - SSO integration
integrate shared account data - login and user and enterprise details shared across apps
catalog and orders integration
These come as more requirements for the advancement of ofns api so that ofn becomes a more interoperable solution and these integrations become easy.
Finally we have discussed features that would be interesting for smartfarmer in ofn that are not currently supported, i will list the two main ones discussed:
catalog search by the user across multiple shops - this is where an external ofn module could be developed to build this feature using the ofn catalog api
integration with oddo for invoicing - oddo is certified by the portuguese government as a valid invoicing system
These are some examples of features that oikos wants in OFN that i believe are very interesting for the OFN community. having Oikos sponsoring the development of some of these items would be a fabulous contribution for the community!
I look forward seeing where we can go from here!