This methodological case study explores the ‘Think Local’ programme in Scotland, UK, in its collaborative approach to short supply chains, including farmers’ markets, farm retail, food tourism, and regional food and drink networks, to add value for rural producers.
This methodological case study explores a pilot programme in Scotland, UK, developed to encourage public procurement for local food and drink producers, leading to new opportunities and markets for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
This issue focuses on opportunities for “improving competitiveness of primary producers by better integrating them into the agri-food chain” – one of the Focus Areas of EU Rural Development policy.
The publication provides an overview of the various means for adding value in food and drink supply chains. It goes on to explore major market opportunities for rural producers in terms of: increasing the rural market; improving access to urban markets; and accessing the market for public food.
The publication stresses the importance of targeted strategies for supporting smarter supply chains using effective links with research and the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
This case study explores ways of supporting the development of smart and competitive supply chains in the Basque Country, Spain, including the implementation of relevant Rural Development Programme (RDP) Measures.
This case study explores Estonia’s programming in support of smart and competitive supply chains, including the implementation of relevant Rural Development Programme (RDP) Measures and the 'Estonia Food 2015-2020' initiative.