How do small farms contribute to food and nutrition security? Linking European small farms, strategies and outcomes in territorial food systems

Francesca Galli*, Stefano Grando, Anda Adamsone-Fiskovica, Hilde Bjørkhaug, Marta Czekaj, Dominic George Duckett, Henrik Almaas, Pavlos Karanikolas, Olga M. Moreno-Pérez, Dionisio Ortiz-Miranda, Teresa Pinto-Correia, Paolo Prosperi, Mark Redman, María Rivera, Irina Toma, Pedro Sánchez-Zamora, Sandra Šūmane, Katarzyna Żmija, Dariusz Żmija, Gianluca Brunori

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Despite a longstanding literature on small farm-households, there is limited consideration of small farms’ role in food and nutrition security (FNS) at territorial level. The purpose of this study is to provide insights about how small farms contribute to FNS at different territorial scales, by focusing on farmers' strategies and consequential FNS outcomes. Analysis is based on two years (2017–2019) of field work done with farmers and food system actors in SALSA reference regions culminating in a workshop done with research partners. We find that small farms deliver food and nutrition security and other socio-economic and environmental outcomes for the farm-household, at local, regional and global levels. The regional level is shown to be critical for small farms, as it provides the scale at which their diversity is realised. Understanding this diversity is a goal for both research and for effective support mechanisms for small farm integration, and the multiple public and private functions small farms can deliver should be higher on the policy agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100427
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Food Security
Early online date15 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • small farms
  • strategies
  • regional food systems
  • food and nutrition security outcomes
  • Food and nutrition security outcomes
  • Regional food systems
  • Strategies
  • Small farms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Food Science
  • Ecology
  • Safety Research


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    Moreno-Pérez, O. M., Arnalte Mur, L., Cerrada-Serra, P., Martinez-Gomez, V., Adamsone-Fiskovica, A., Bjørkhaug, H., Brunori, G., Czekaj, M., Duckett, D., Hernández, P. A., Noble, C., Pinto-Correia, T., Płonka, A., Prosperi, P., Redman, M., Rivera Mendez, M., Šūmane, S. & Ortiz Miranda, D., Feb 2024, In: Food Security. 16, 1, p. 243-259 17 p.

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