SALSA – Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security, is an EU-funded research project of the Horizon2020 program which run from April 2016 to March 2020 with the aim to provide a better understanding of the role of small farms and small food businesses in meeting the sustainable food and nutrition security (FNS) challenge. SALSA pioneered a novel integrated multi-method approach in 30 regions across 19 countries in Europe and Africa using the most recent satellite technologies, field assessments, systematic review, participatory construction of knowledge, transdisciplinary theory building, and participatory foresight analysis.

One of the project’s major outcomes is a series of 5 Policy Briefs with policy lessons and recommendations that especially target decision makers in the reference regions as well as the EU policy development, paying particular attention to the Europe-Africa dialogue.

The SALSA research shows that policy interventions would benefit from being more territorially based and from taking into account the characteristics of regional food systems and as well as the different types of small farms that take part in them.

Two overriding policy recommendations of relevance to all regions studied:

  • Introduce appropriate combinations of policy interventions to help small farms add value to their produce since they are more productive and profitable when they specialize in quality produce and processing. This may include support to those small farms that are mainly self-provisioning, but who have the ambition to commercialise.
  • Foster and facilitate cooperation as the most enabling and empowering form of governance for small farms and small food businesses. This includes the introduction of appropriate frameworks for value chain strategies /contracts that promote greater coordination and the more equitable distribution of power and financial benefit between small farmers and other supply chain actors.
The Policy Briefs

·       Overview

·       Lessons from Africa

·       Eastern Europe

·       Northern Europe

·       Southern Europe

More about SALSA

·        www.salsa.uevora.pt

·       www.fao.org/in-action/small-farms-businesses-sustainable-food-nutrition

·       @SalsaH2020