Short food supply chains in Europe’s North

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The development of short food supply chains – where intermediaries between farmers and consumers are removed – should result in fairer remunerations for farmers and higher quality local food products, supporters say.

In 2015, 15% of farmers sold half of their products through these short food supply chains, according to a study carried out by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).

Smallholders often find themselves in a weak negotiating position against food processors, traders, wholesalers, and large retail chains. In some cases, the “big players” provide the only access to the market for small-scale farmers, which results in unfair trade practices.

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