The millions of small farmers in Europe aim to increase production and reduce costs, retaining a higher share in European markets while respecting societal demands for biodiversity and sustainability. Short Food Supply Chains (SFSC) are a competitive and sustainable way to foster more direct communication with consumers, and could be a powerful means for growing relationships among local farms, cooperatives and the people who purchase their products.
- FIND MORE INFORMATION THROUGH ONE OF THE 18 CASE STUDIES OF SHORT FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS WITH REMARKABLE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND/OR ECOLOGICAL IMPACT.
- SIGN UP FOR THE SMARTCHAIN NEWSLETTER TO STAY UP-TO-DATE ON ALL THE LATEST IN SFSC.
- VISIT THE SMARTCHAIN PARTNER COPA*COGECA, the united voice of farmers and their cooperatives.
- Here you can subscribe to Press Releases, read Position Papers, learn about upcoming Events and more. These two organisations, COPA (Committee Of Professional Agricultural organisations) and COGECA (General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union) have been working for farmers and farmer cooperatives since 1959.
Farmers and Cooperatives participate in the SMARTCHAIN project in several ways:
- Take advantage of the Innovation Inventory to find an exhaustive database of all practical solutions to problems facing farmers and other short food supply chain practitioners.
- An online collaborative area will be open to farmers, researchers, innovation brokers, companies willing to find suitable partners for new initiatives.
- Enhance education by joining SMARTCHAIN coaching and training activities.
- Attend workshops at the national and/or European level in which farmers, food SMEs and consumer associations define the requirements of a SFSC that meets their needs.
- Join a sustainable farming panel with the objective to share information regarding farmers’ needs and transfer it into the rural communities, especially addressing the issues of know how transfer, access to improved cultivation practices, water management, fertilisation etc.
An interesting database set up by the European Network for Rural Development with case studies of SFSC can be found here, and shows how local producers can adopt different business models, technologies, etc.
The European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture (EIP-AGRI) website, here, visitors can voice their research needs, discover funding opportunities and look for partners.
This Platform aims to enhance interaction and cooperation among all the stakeholders of the SFSC so we invite you to visit the other stakeholder pages.