Family farmers, Innovation and Markets
The project aims to contribute to add value to the innovative food production and distribution strategies generated by family farmers. in order to understand and visualize family farmers and consumers´ practices, as well as their interaction with policy public actors, the project carries out selected case studies in Argentina, Bolivia and Spain.
Different activities (comparative study, a seminar and workshops) are developed in order to analyze the sustainability and replication possibilities of each case study. These studies allow us to create new knowledge about innovation processes, taking into account their logic of innovation to add value and access to markets. The methodology and the results of each cases and the comparative analyzed will be publish in different platforms. These publications will be useful to disseminate knowledge about creative practices in family farmers´ production and distributions to politicians, researchers and peasant organizations.
Besides, postgraduate courses about family farming and value-added markets will be organized in Argentina, Bolivia and Spain.
The technological solution
The project seeks more to visualize the innovative practice of family farmers than to generate a technological solution. The study of innovations carried out by family farmers, will contribute to the formulation of policies that take into account social and environmental challenges. The marketing strategies systematized highlight the centrality of collective and professionalized practices which build an innovative and sustainable commercial distribution in social and environmental terms.
Among the collective innovation practices studied, it worth mentioned the following:
- adequate logistics, territorial governance models with horizontal coordination, social interactions which allow exchange of information and knowledge
- the increase of conscious consumers number who are worried about their own health and the environment preservation
- working conditions and elaboration food process
- most of the family farmers´ strategies, show the importance of information and communication technologies (ict) as a democratic device.
In addition, the project provides methodological tools for technical assistance organizations involved in the subject.
- In order to understand the dynamics of family farmers and consumers´ innovations, the project plans to carry out 12 case studies, seven of them have already been completed.
- The marketing and consumption strategies following by the actors in the different case studies are compared and analyzed as elements to formulate public policies.
- Some of these case studies have provided scientific knowledge like the experiences in Spain´s online platform and logistic hubs related to ecological food, fair markets, short chains and fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale markets running by family farmers at Buenos Aires metropolitan area.
- A common methodological strategy was designed to study and compare the different innovations in the three countries.
- Scientific dissemination was carried out by the submission of 22 papers in conferences and journals.
- A virtual platform was implemented to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information.
- Besides, debate and consultation forums were carried out among producers, policy makers, researchers, technicians, and consumers in order to develop more sustainable food distribution and consumption.
- It should be noted that several research members of the team are currently consultants to public policy decision-makers related to this topic.
- Direct beneficiaries: more than 3,000 family farmers
- Indirect beneficiaries: more than 250,000 people.
Policy makers, researchers and technicians will increase their knowledge and networks in issues like commercial innovation and added value for food family farming.
In covid-19 context, the environment benefits from food short chains which create a new conscious and environmental friendly producers and consumers.
Sustainable Development Goals
- Fundación ArgenINTA (ARGENINTA) - Argentina
- Fundación para el Desarrollo del Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (FUNDESNAP) - Bolivia
- Instituto de Economía, Geografía y Demografía (IEGD) - España
- Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) - Argentina
- Centro de Investigación Agroecología Universidad Cochabamba (AGRUCO) - Bolivia
- Asociacion de Organizaciones de Productores Ecologicos de Bolivia (AOPEB) - Bolivia
- Universidad Naciona de La Plata (UNLP) - Argentina
- Universidad Nacional de Misiones (UNM) - Argentina
- Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMDP) - Argentina
- La Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU) - España