SALSA wants to explore the role of small farmers and small food businesses in Europe and Africa. The project aims on doing this by collecting information on key factors in agriculture and food industry, identify the enabling conditions for small farmers and formulate relevant policy recommendations.

Examining relevant governance systems...

…related to the organisation of small farmers and food systems, SALSA project provides tools to guide decision-makers in enhancing the contribution of small farms and food businesses to food and nutrition security.

SALSA effectively engages with stakeholders and decision-makers relevant to small farms and food and nutrition security, facilitating a dialogue that cuts across classical boundaries in research, policy and practice.

In order to achieve its goal – enabling small farmers and food businesses – SALSA project has a set of clear objectives:

  • To thoroughly assess the current role of small farms and small food businesses in achieving sustainable Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).
  • To evaluate the means by which small farms can respond to the expected increase in demand for food.
  • To assess the capacity of small farms and small food businesses to contribute to FNS under alternative future scenarios for 2030/50
  • To help better tailor international cooperation (in particular EU-Africa) and research 
  • To establish a Community of Practice and to enhance the use of FAO’s channels as well as European and African networks and platforms. 

All this information will ground the recommendations for future laws and funding, to support a more integrated agriculture that reduces waste, uses fewer resources, and brings producers closer to consumers.

More info can be found on the project website, SALSA2020 and on the reports and publications page.

Also, all the relevant SALSA publications, in English can be found on our website here.

Our Role

Highclere Consulting (HCC) is responsible for coordinating the activities under the 6th work package – Policy recommendations.  With our experience as facilitators and policy experts we undertook the role of coordinating  the identification, development and dissemination of policy tools and other support mechanisms that are most appropriate for maintaining and enhancing the contribution of small farmers and small food businesses to  the Food and Nutrition System (FNS) in Europe and Africa.



Project duration:
April 2016 – June 2020