from coopdevs we’re working on Katuma, an online platform to foster the communication and collaboration between buying groups and local producers. We’ve been working on a prototype to have something to play with while talking with the local agro-ecological movement / community in the last 2 years. We’ve mainly built a community around this project but now the time has come to start building the production ready version of Katuma.
Before starting to code we decided to look around and try to understand how those needs are covered in other countries. We discovered many solutions and all of them very similar but different at the same time. But we expected that since we know that this economic area is really fragmentated and informal.
At some point we discovered Foodsoft and OFN and we where vary happy to find out that we share a similar vision and technology. We wanted to understand if there is room for some kind of collaboration at any level so we opened an issue in the Foodsoft repository:
From that moment we gathered more and more informations about OFN and how it works, we wanted to talk with you and setup a meeting. Thanks @MyriamBoure for your time!
Our idea, at project level, is to open a crowdfunding campaign on May 2017 with Goteo and start working on a solution. From the meeting we understand that maybe we can fill the gaps in OFN contributing with a complete and usable buying-group solution. Maybe our crowdfunding campaign could be oriented to develop those features, deploy a local instance and start a process of active contribution to OFN.
We still have to talk with the rest of our association and the community. We’ll be testing OFN with our community along the next weeks, we’ve planned a meeting about this project on 11th March and I think that for that date we’ll be able to make a proposal and start working on the campaign.
We basically have to choose between two different kind of challenges:
- build a brand new solution for our community
- contribute to an existent project
We would be really happy to choose the second option since it seems that there is room for us in OFN at technical and product level. It would be challenging but I think it’s the best option.
We’ll start a Google Docs writing down all the features that we need to cover buyers-group needs, priorities, etc. We’ll add a link to it in this thread once ready.
Many thanks to everybody, let’s see how we can contribute to OFN and finally bring a nice solution to the local agro-ecological community.
See you soon,