Watson is a €11 million 3-year project that has been funded by the EU’s research and innovation framework, Horizon Europe to combat fraudulent practices in the food supply chain. 
Watson’s interdisciplinary consortium of 44 partners across 19 EU and non-EU countries will develop a holistic traceability framework that will integrate data-driven services, intelligence-based toolsets and risk-estimation approaches, enabling food safety authorities to identify and prevent fraudulent activities.
Watson will rely upon the following digital and intelligence-based technologies:
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • A suite of novel Spectroscopy-based Technology
Watson is organized around 6 agri-food sectors. The proposed framework will be tested in six different European countries considering different operational procedures and diverse environments: 


Watson aspires to improve sustainability of food chains by increasing food safety and reducing food fraud through systemic innovations that:

Frame the problem

Increase transparency in food supply chains by improved track-and-trace mechanisms

Provide the tools

Equip food safety authorities and policy makers with data, knowledge and tools

Spread the word

Raise the consumer awareness on food safety and value


Watson will contribute to the Farm-To-Fork Strategy and achieve benefits relevant to the Food 2030 priorities, namely:

  • “Nutrition for sustainable and healthy diets”
  • “Food systems supporting a healthy planet”
  • “Food Safety systems of the future”