More direct models of food distribution and consumption known as Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) are attracting interest for their potential to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits in comparison to more conventional practices. SFSCs may indeed offer mutual benefits to both farmers and consumers, help deliver a more sustainable food system while addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges and social issues. They might act as model to increase transparency, trust, equity and growth throughout the agri-food chain, and contribute to an improved competitiveness and overall sustainability of the European agri-food system.

The following infographic has been produced jointly by the SMARTCHAIN and Strength2Food projects to provide an overview of how and in which context SFSCs can be beneficial. Below you will find more insights on the projects’ research underpinning these benefits.

benefits of short food supply chains