On October 17th at FAO, SALSA participated at a side event at the Committee on World Food Security

The event, entitled Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems for Family Farming:  Multi-stakeholder processes to develop capacities to innovate for food and nutrition security, focused on innovation as the driving force that can transform food systems and lift family farmers out of poverty to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It looked at the crucial role of multi-stakeholder processes in fostering innovation at the local, national and global levels. Farmers are at the centre of the transformative change agenda for achieving the sustainable development goals specifically; zero hunger and poverty alleviation.

On this occasion, SALSA coordinator Teresa Pinto Correia presented the project’s territorial food systems approach and methodology based on a multistakeholder engagement.

SALSA pioneers a novel integrated multi-method approach in 25 regions in Europe and 5 in Africa, using the most recent and innovative technologies, such as SENTINEL-2 satellite imagery, food systems mapping and participatory foresight analysis. By using a transdisciplinary approach and developing an in-depth analysis of food systems in the 30 reference regions, the project aims to evaluate the potential response of small farms and food businesses to expected increases in demand for food, feed and fibre.

The SALSA research, among other findings, identified five main types of small farms to reveal diverse small farm situations and livelihood strategies in order to improve understanding of small farms and their role in food and nutrition security. The variability and differences between the types also allow for improved policy recommendations

In addition, SALSA also aims to identify and assess the governance frameworks that influence the contribution of small-scale farming to food and nutrition security.  Accordingly, SALSA is working on policy recommendations to enhance the contribution of small farms to sustainable food nutrition security and address innovation needs in order to maintain food system diversity and stability in the face of potential shocks. These recommendations are intended to guide decision-makers involved in national, regional and global debates on agricultural policy and research.

During the event, special attention was given to illustrate the participation and involvement in SALSA of stakeholders and practitioners, which significantly enhanced the quality of the SALSA research.


Find the presentations held during the event here