A pilot programme in Scotland on Public Procurement led to new opportunities and markets for Scottish SMEs.
Projects & Practice
The Think Local development programme focuses on developing collaboration in short supply chain, by bringing together existing initiatives on farmers’ markets, farm retail, food tourism, regional food and drink networks and in developing added value for rural producers.
An investment project that allowed a company to fill the gap in the local supply chain for wood chips in the north-west of Ireland.
Acquisition of a wood chipper that produces chips for cogeneration more efficiently, thus reducing the cost of tools and consumables per unit of finished product.
On-farm processing can add value to the product and can also make farming a more attractive choice for young farmers - as demonstrated by a berry farm in Finland.
Setting up a state-of-the-art greenhouse for hydroponic production of tomatoes using renewable energy sources for heating.
RDP support helped set up a new dairy factory which combined the most modern production techniques and equipment with traditional knowledge, in order to produce a high-quality niche cheese for local and international markets.
RDP funding helped improve a meat supply chain in Aude, France, boosting breeders’ income.
A Finnish University used EAFRD funding to organise information days, pilot projects and professional tours to enable food processing companies to develop their local sales.
An association used EAFRD funding to help preserve chestnut woods in Italy and boost growers’ income by buying new equipment and coordinating the supply chain.