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|Title: ||The contribution of small family farms to food and nutrition security: a European comparative study|
|Authors: ||Galli, Francesca|
Pinto Correia, Teresa
|Issue Date: ||Oct-2019|
|Citation: ||Francesca Galli, Maria Rivera Mendez, Teresa Pinto Correia, Paolo Prosperi, Gianluca Brunori. The contribution of small family farms to food and nutrition security: a European comparative study EAAE seminar 174. European Association of Agricultural Economists AGENDA October 10 -12, 2019 | Matera, Italy|
|Abstract: ||Small family farms represent the majority of farmers in Europe, are characterized by a strong
heterogeneity and encompass a range of organizational and structural patterns (Eurostat, 2015).
The capacity of small family farms to mobilize resources, such as social capital and local knowledge
is also emphasized (van der Ploeg, 2013). The debate on small family farms contribution to food
and nutrition security (FNS), in its multiple dimensions (availability, access, utilization, stability) has
re-gained relevance in recent years (FAO 2014; Rabinowicz, 2014; Vranke, 2015).
FNS depends on the capacity of the food system to ensure access to sufficient, nutritious and
culturally acceptable food (Ingram, 2011; Ericksen 2008). The food system is constituted of actors
and activities that interact in order to deliver food and nutrition security outcomes. The
contribution of small farms to FNS depends on the way they are connected to food systems
(OECD, 2016): small family farms decision-making processes take place in relation to households
needs and dynamics and in connection to territorial food systems. The multi-dimensional, multiactor
and multi-level nature of FNS requires an analysis able to account for socio-economic
context inequalities and disparities (Cistulli, 2014, HLPE, 2013).
By adopting a territorial food system approach (Fig. 1), this paper explores how small family farms
bring a distinctive contribution to food systems, focusing on food and nutrition security and other
socio-economic outcomes across European reference regions. How does small family farms
interact with territorial food systems? How do they contribute to food and nutrition security
|Appears in Collections:||MED - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais|
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