Local Food: Formation of local food market

In recent years we have witnessed the emergence of alternative food supply chains and markets due to important changes in consumer perceptions of food and farming. Short food supply chains (SFSCs) can act as a driver of change and a method to increase sustainability, trust, equality and growth in agricultural and food sectors, but also more generally benefit business development in rural areas, as well as have positive social and health related outcomes. SFSCs include different practices such as farmers’ markets, on-farm sales, consumer cooperatives, direct internet sales, etc. 

The project aims at strengthening cooperation and building knowledge on local food market formation across actors from the Baltic Sea Region working with rural development issues. Good practices on how alternative food networks and markets can be built, shaped, reproduced and promoted over time and space and their potential to contribute to rural development objectives in the Baltic Sea Region will be shared.