Actions to strengthen the contribution of small farms and small food businesses to food security in Europe

Olga M. Moreno-Pérez*, Laura Arnalte Mur, Pedro Cerrada-Serra, Victor Martinez-Gomez, Anda Adamsone-Fiskovica, Hilde Bjørkhaug, Gianluca Brunori, Marta Czekaj, Dominic Duckett, Paola A. Hernández, Christina Noble, Teresa Pinto-Correia, Aleksandra Płonka, Paolo Prosperi, Mark Redman, Maria Rivera Mendez, Sandra Šūmane, Dionisio Ortiz Miranda

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This study stems from a participatory foresight exercise conducted in nine Mediterranean, Baltic, Nordic and Eastern European regions, aiming to strengthen the role of small farms and small food businesses in ensuring food security. A wide range of stakeholders participated by attending workshops. They represented farmers’ organisations, food businesses, consumers’ organisations, NGOs, researchers, extension services, professional groups, and administration and public bodies. The actions proposed by participants are scanned and categorised around six broad objectives, stakeholders’ priorities and their underlying beliefs and preconceptions are discussed around the current debates of the literature, and the drivers that influence the feasibility of the proposed actions are discussed. Furthermore, the alignment of stakeholders’ -driven objectives with the European Strategies on food, agriculture, and rural areas is examined, with a focus on: (i) the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, (ii) the Rural Action Plan contained in the Long-Term Vision of Rural Areas developed by the EU Commission, and (iii) the Common Agricultural Policy in force since January 2023.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalFood Security
Issue number1
Early online date29 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024
EventEuropean Farming Systems Conference: Farming Systems Facing Climate Change and Resource Challenges - University of Evora, Evora, Portugal
Duration: 10 Apr 202214 Apr 2022
Conference number: 14 (Link to conference website)


  • Backcasting planning
  • Common agricultural policy
  • Europe
  • Food security
  • Small farms
  • Small food businesses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General
  • General Social Sciences
  • Development
  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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