This workshop is a joint initiative between the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and the Rural Infrastructures and Agro-industries Division (AGS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). It brings together work being conducted within two synergistic projects:
Beginning in 2013, AGP-AGS-INRA began an international survey of innovations that link sustainable agricultural practices with markets in developing countries with an open, competitive call for case studies. Fifteen case studies from around the world (4 Latin American and Caribbean, 6 African and 5 Asian and Pacific) were developed in 2014. These case studies and the meta-analysis of institutional innovations and how these create linkages between sustainable agriculture and local markets will be published as an Edited Book in 2015.
Beginning in 2015 as a joint project between AGS and INRA, which capitalizes on the work of the first project, is collecting more systematized data of the key components of market construction so to analyze the opportunities and challenges of creating sustainable market linkages. A case study methodology is used to collect data from 6 of the cases on agro-ecology systems that were involved in the first study, three from experiences carried out with the help of Slow Food International and three additional cases that fill in geographic and farming system gaps in the existing range of experiences.
Through these two projects it became apparent that there are a wealth of experiences about sustainable practices and linkages to markets that are occurring under the radar all across the world. This workshop is a way to create visibility for these experiences and to work towards strengthening the already existing work through future collaboration.
The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to:
1) Share experiences on how to create diversified markets for sustainable products in developing countries
2) Identify lessons to initiate a practitioners’ guide on building market linkages for sustainable products;
3) Identify capacity building and research needs of practitioners.
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