Sustaining Local Food Webs
These food webs are productive, resilient and healthy, connecting food providers and consumers locally. They are efficient in terms of food provision when compared with the long chains that deliver the commodities produced by unsustainable industrial agriculture to distant consumers. Local food webs need protection, increased investment and support.
This report captures the compelling rationale for local food webs. It sets out to demonstrate the value and challenges of local, resilient, biodiverse and productive food systems that would benefit from greater support and compliant policies. It uses examples from five countries across Africa and Europe, yet has relevance across all continents, demonstrating how productive local food systems can improve small-scale family farming and reduce hunger, in contrast to industrial agricultural systems.
The report has been prepared and published with resources from the campaign europAfrica: towards food sovereignty, a coalition of European civil society organisations and African farmers’ regional networks working together for mutually supportive and sustainable food systems in Europe and Africa that help realise food sovereignty.
9 Common threads
Annex 1 Other local food schemes in the UK
Annex 2 African farmer workshop synthesis report: Agricultural investment strengthening family farming and sustainable food systems in Africa
Annex 3 CPRE campaign briefing
Back Matter [Mapping local food webs: methodology and survey |References]