The development of short food supply chains (SFSC) is constantly gaining ground in the EU. Producing and consuming locally is seen as a way to achieve fairer remunerations for farmers and higher quality local food products. But the reduction of the EU funds for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy highlights the role the member states need to play to further boost this rising trend. In 2015, 15% of farmers sold half of their products through such short food supply chains, according to a study carried out by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). In addition, a 2016 Eurobarometer survey noted that four out of five European citizens consider that ‘strengthening the farmer’s role in the food chain’ is either fairly or very important. On the other hand, critics suggest that such schemes can only provide benefits on a local level and are not a solution to the rising global population and food demand. The concept was initially introduced by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the 2014-2020 funding period via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. SFSC getting popular European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), an organisation that defends farmers’ rights and sustainable farming, says that in Northern Europe, an… Read full this story
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