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SUS-CHAIN
Marketing sustainable agriculture: An analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development

Food supply chains (FSCs) could enhance sustainable food production and rural development. This project will identify the critical points in FSCs, which currently constrain the further dissemination of sustainable production and recommend actions that are likely to enhance the prospects of sustainable food markets. In-depth case studies of FSCs in different European regions will be conducted to obtain a better understanding of the diversity of the dynamics and socio-economic performance of FSCs. Specific attention will be given to factors related to the organisational and governance structure of FSCs, the socio-economic performance and impact of FSCs and the institutional context of FSCs. The project will result in policy recommendations at regional, national and European level and in practical recommendations for actors in FSCs and different stakeholders. Both types of recommendations are aimed to overcome bottlenecks in FSCs that inhibit the wider development of markets for sustainable products.

Objectives
The objective of the project is to assess the potential role of food supply chains (FSCs) in the enhancement of sustainable food production and rural development, and to recommend actions that are likely to enhance the prospects for sustainable food markets. The specific objectives are:
1) to map the diversity of current definitions of sustainability that are associated with new FSCs
2) to order this diversity by identifying the most widely encountered constraints that inhibit the enhancement of sustainable food production
3) to examine different ways of communication and mechanism of economic co-ordination between the actors in FSCs and assess their capacity to enhance cohesive, collective action
4) to develop performance indicators and methods that assess the socio-economic performance of FSCs and their contribution to sustainable rural development
5) to examine the relevant policy environment for the development of sustainable FSCs and formulate policy recommendations to public institutions at different levels.

Progress to Date
At the first meeting, seven position papers about the dynamics and diversity of food supply chains in the partner countries were presented.
The final versions of the methodology for Work Packages 1-3 were sent to all partners.

Classified in FOOD, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Scientist responsible for the project

Dr HAN WISKERKE
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen
Netherlands (The) - NL

Phone: +31 317482679
Fax: +31 317485475
E-mail: han.wiskerke@wur.nl

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-01349
Organisation WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY - Department of Social Sciences (Rural Sociology Group)
Area 5.5
Start date 01 January 2003
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 2 273 378 €
Total EC contribution   1 844 723 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project   http://www.sus-chain.org

The partners

  • BATLTIC STUDIES CENTRE, Latvia - LV
    tt@lza.lv
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