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Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security

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.

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)

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UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 364 101,25

NODIBINAJUMS BALTIC STUDIES CENTRE

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 339 500

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 415 012,50

STIFTELSEN RURALIS INSTITUTT FOR RURAL- OG REGIONALFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 236 528,75

UNIWERSYTET ROLNICZY IM. HUGONA KOLLATAJA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 210 687,50

HIGHCLERE CONSULTING SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 323 843,48

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 294 812,50

International Institute for Environment and Development

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 227,50

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 291 370

UNIVERSIDADE DE CABO VERDE

Cape Verde

EU Contribution

€ 129 470

UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 134 925

AFRICAN CENTRE FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 195 932,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE

Tunisia

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN AGROFORESTRY

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 166 037,50

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 322 440

CONFEDERAZIONE NAZIONALE COLDIRETTI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 122 100

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 677363

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 958 172,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 958 172,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal