Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security

  • 21st March 2018
  • by secretary

19 March – 19 April 2018. SALSA Online  e-conference. (SALSA: Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security).

Reference: Background document to the FAO email conference – 14Mar2018A.pdf
The first e-conference was to support and give input to the SALSA project

A second online conference was started on 19th of March:

  1. Cooperation between small farmers; 
  2. Contributions of small farmers to the resilience of the food system; 
  3. Past strategies and policies for small farmers to overcome their main challenges; 
  4. Strategies and policies which would allow small farmers to address challenges in the future; 
  5. The way food supply chain businesses might contribute to small farmers; 
  6. How policies can affect small farms’ activities and decision making

Who is expected to participate?

  • The virtual discussion is intended to draw the attention of researchers, educators, students and a wide spectrum of food chain/food system actors and entrepreneurs, as well as policy makers and administrators at multiple levels, on the role of small farms within a larger context. 
  • The e-conference is also open to all who wish to share their insights and discuss “The Role of Small Farms Within a Larger Context of Food Security”.
  • While the participation in the e-conference remains free and voluntary, all participants are encouraged to actively contribute with their experiences.
Background: The SALSA Project 
  • The project “Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security” (SALSA, aims to provide a better understanding of the current and potential contribution of small farms and food businesses to sustainable FSN. 
  • Supported by the EU funded Horizon 2020 program
  • A coalition of 16 European and African partners are collaborating in assessing the role of small farms and small food businesses in delivering a sustainable and secure supply of affordable, nutritious and culturally adequate food. 
  • The four-year SALSA project began in April 2016.


20 March 2018. The 2018 Global Food Policy Report is now availalbe. Thisreport looks at the impacts of greater global integration – including the movement of goods, investment, people, and knowledge – and at the potential impacts of current anti-globalization pressures. The report reviews the events of 2017, and asks how global integration – through trade, investment, migration, open data, developed country policies, and governance – can be harnessed to benefit our global food system. The 2018 report also presents data tables and visualizations for several key food policy indicators, including country-level data on hunger, agricultural spending and research investment, and projections for future agricultural production and consumption.

Drawing on recent research, IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food policy experts consider a range of timely topics:

  • How can the global food system deliver food security for all in the face of the radical changes taking place today?
  • What is the role of trade in improving food security, nutrition, and sustainability?
  • How can international investment best contribute to local food security and better food systems in developing countries?
  • Do voluntary and involuntary migration increase or decrease food security in source countries and host countries?
  • What opportunities does greater data availability open up for improving agriculture and food security?
  • How does reform of developed-country farm support policies affect global food security?
  • How can global governance structures better address problems of food security and nutrition?
  • What major trends and events affected food security and nutrition across the globe in 2017?

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Food policy in 2017-2018: Progress, uncertainty, and rising antiglobalism [Download]
  2. Chapter 2 Food security: The global food system under radical change [Download]
  3. Chapter 3 Trade: The free flow of goods and food security and nutrition [Download]
  4. Chapter 4 Investment: International investment and local food security [Download]
  5. Chapter 5 Migration: Tightening borders and threats to food security [Download]
  6. Chapter 6 Knowledge and data: Achieving food and nutrition security through open access [Download]
  7. Chapter 7 Developed country policies: Domestic farm policy reform and global food security [Download]
  8. Chapter 8 Global institutions: Governance reform for food, nutrition, and agriculture [Download]
  9. Chapter 9 Regional developments [Download]
  10. Annex Food policy indicators: Tracking change [Download]