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Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security

Objective

SALSA will assess the role of small farms and small food businesses in delivering a sustainable and secure supply of affordable, nutritious and culturally adequate food. SALSA will identify the mechanisms which, at different scales, can strengthen the role of small farms in food systems and thereby support sustainable food and nutrition security (FNS). By considering a gradient of 30 reference regions in Europe and in Africa, we will obtain a differentiated understanding of the role of small farms and small food businesses in very differently structured food systems and situations.
SALSA will elaborate and implement a transdisciplinary, multi-scale approach that builds on and connects relevant theoretical and analytical frameworks within a food systems approach, and that uses qualitative, consultative and quantitative methods. We will also test a new combination of data-based methods and tools (including satellite technologies) for rigorously assessing in quantitative terms the interrelationships between small farms, other small food businesses and FNS, paying particular attention to limiting and enabling factors. SALSA will use participatory methods, at regional level, and establish a more global Community of Practice and multi-stakeholder learning platform, based on FAO’s TECA online communication and learning platform.
The SALSA consortium, and the joint learning and close cooperation, have both been designed with the EU - Africa dialogue in mind. Responding to the call we will unravel the complex interrelationships between small farms, small food businesses and FNS, and unfold the role played by small farms in (a) the balance between the different dimensions of sustainability, (b) maintaining more diverse production systems, (c) supporting the urban/rural balance in terms of labour and (d) in facilitating territorial development in countries facing a strong rural population growth.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/satellite technology
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 169 184,02

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 364 101,25
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NODIBINAJUMS BALTIC STUDIES CENTRE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 339 500
Address
Kokneses Prospekts 26-2
1014 Riga
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 415 012,50
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
STIFTELSEN RURALIS INSTITUTT FOR RURAL- OG REGIONALFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 236 528,75
Address
Universitetssenteret Dragvoll Loholt Alle 81
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIWERSYTET ROLNICZY IM. HUGONA KOLLATAJA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 210 687,50
Address
Al Mickiewicza 21
31 120 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HIGHCLERE CONSULTING SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 323 843,48
Address
Str. Tohanita 28B Oras Zarnesti
505800 Brasov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 294 812,50
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
International Institute for Environment and Development
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 242 227,50
Address
Gray's Inn Road 80-86
WC1X 8NH London
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 291 370
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE CABO VERDE
Cape Verde
EU contribution
€ 129 470
Address
Praca Antonio Lereno
Praia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 134 925
Address
Po Box Tl 1350
Tamale
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AFRICAN CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 195 932,50
Address
Icipe Duduville Campus Kasarani Nairobi
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE

Participation ended

Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Hedi Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 166 037,50
Address
United Nations Avenue Gigiri
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 322 440
Address
Viale Delle Terme Di Caracalla
00153 Roma
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CONFEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE COLDIRETTI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 100
Address
Via Xxiv Maggio 43
00187 Roma
Activity type
Other