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Key recommendations

For practitioners (both organizations and farmers):

  • Foster cooperation among farmers via joint initiatives and collective management systems
  • Promote the establishment of indoor, strategically located FMs
  • Cultivate resilience and adaptive capacity
  • Contribute to consumer food education
  • Promote the use of digital platforms and tools for communication and marketing
  • Improve professional marketing skills

For policy makers and public authorities:

  • Increase the number of FMs and food fairs in urban areas
  • Promote public food procurement procedures that favour the use of agricultural products sourced locally
  • Encourage the use of indoor public areas for new FMs
  • Promote educational initiatives for citizens on SFSCs
  • Provide support and visibility to SFSC initiatives
  • Offer financial support to agricultural producers and FMs through national and EU funds