The SALSA project explored the role of small farmers and small food businesses in Europe and Africa by collecting information on key factors in agriculture and the food industry.

Examining governance systems...

… relevant to small farmer organisation and food chains, the SALSA project provides tools to guide policy makers in improving the contribution of small farms and food enterprises to food and nutrition security.

SALSA has effectively interacted with policy makers relevant to small farms and food and nutrition security, facilitating a dialogue that goes beyond traditional boundaries in research, policy and practice.

To achieve its objective – exploring the role of smallholder farmers and small food enterprises – SALSA has developed a set of clear specific objectives:

Detailed assessment of the role of small farms and small food enterprises in achieving sustainable food and nutrition security (FNS);
Assess how small farms can respond to the expected increase in food demand;
Assessing the capacity of small farms and small food enterprises to contribute to FNS under alternative scenarios for 2030/2050;
Develop a better international research and cooperation relationship (in particular EU-Africa);
Establishing a Community of Practice and improving the use of FAO channels as well as European and African networks and platforms.

All this information informed recommendations for future policies and funding to support integrated agriculture that reduces waste, uses fewer resources and brings producers closer to consumers.

Our Role

Highclere Consulting (HCC) was responsible for coordinating activities under the sixth work package – Policy Recommendations. With our experience as facilitators and policy experts, we have taken on the role of coordinating the identification, development and dissemination of policy instruments and other support mechanisms that are best suited to maintain and improve the contribution of small farmers and small businesses to the food and nutrition system (FNS) in Europe and Africa.



Project duration:
April 2016 – June 2020