FAO is organising an email conference on “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security” from 19 March to 9 April 2018.

Why?

This e-conference is intended to provide further feedback on what has been learned so far from the work in the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project on “Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security”, commonly known as SALSA project. The e-conference will help identifying key knowledge gaps, as well as to share examples that will contribute to build the SALSA empirical base. Using this second e-conference, the SALSA team wants to catalyse and foster an ongoing dialogue with relevant stakeholders. This is the second e-conference carried out within the SALSA project. The previous e-conference took place in October 2016. 462 participants provided a total of 99 contributions, which result in a significant input to the SALSA project. More information on the first e-conference, the main input and summary can be found here.

Who is expected to participate?

The virtual discussion is intended to draw the attention of researchers, educators, students and a wide spectrum of food chain/food system actors and entrepreneurs, as well as policy makers and administrators at multiple levels, on the role of small farms within a larger context. The e-conference is also open to all who wish to share their insights and discuss “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security”. While the participation in the e-conference remains free and voluntary, all participants are encouraged to actively contribute with their experiences.

How to participate?

If you wish to join the e-conference, please send an email to AIS@fao.org, specifying:

•Your email address to be registered on the list.

•Full name, organisation, institute or company you work for, and your position (or simply note “private” if you want to participate on their own behalf).

Please feel free and encouraged to engage your colleagues or anyone in your professional network to take part in this e-conference.

What?

The e-conference’s overarching topics The e-conference will focus on six specific topics:

#1: Cooperation among small farms

#2: Small farms’ contribution to resilience of the food system

#3: Strategies used by small farms to overcome challenges – a view of the past

#4: How small farms address future challenges?

#5: The importance of food businesses to small farms

#6: How can policies affect small farm activities and their resilience?

When?

The e-conference will run from 19 March to 9 April 2018, with weekly summaries posted by the moderator to recap main points and stimulate further dialogue.

How is the e-conference organized?

The e-conference is a virtual discussion linking up the participants via a central email distribution server. Participants send input and engage in online discussions via email, facilitated by a moderator. This means participants can provide their input at any time convenient to them during the e-conference period. All contributions will be distributed to the e-conference participants, via the email conference server.

Background document

The full background information and detailed topic questions can be found in this background document. It will guide you to further contextualise the discussions, and to understand the basic guidelines to contribute to the e-conference.