Tuesday, August 28, 2012

#LocalFood systems in Europe – Case studies from five countries and what they imply for policy and practice

This report summarises the main findings, which are based on qualitative empirical research of 10 case studies, two in each of the countries, and it includes recommendations about policy changes that would be necessary to strengthen Local Food Systems in future. These changes include: support for setting up cooperative networks and infrastructure; greater knowledge exchange; more local sourcing in public procurement; more appropriate funding; and the more flexible adaptation of over-burdensome legal regulations (e.g. distinguishing rules for products for different markets); and ensuring that the Leader programme maintains its bottom-up character, along with a territorial approach linking urban consumers with rural producers. By recognising and valuing LFS and for their societal opportunities and benefits, authorities could take responsibility for improving and linking relevant policies.

source : FAAN

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