Kick-off meeting for the implementation of the SALSA Project

Image  The Kick-off meeting for the implementation of the Small farms Small Food Businesses and Susutainable Food Security (SALSA) project took place at the Mitra Campus at the University of Evora Portugal from 18th-21st April, 2016. It is a four (4) year project funded by the European Commission (EC) under the call H2020-SFS-2015-2 with project number 677663.

The kick-off meeting brought together the projects 17 members under the consortium from Europe and Africa. The 17 member EU-Africa consortium is coordinated by the University of Evora in Portugal.

The consortium members are: University of Pisa (UNIPI) in Italy, Nodibinajums Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) in Latvia, The James Hutton Institute (JHI) in UK, Norwegian Centre of Rural Research (CRR) in Norway, Highclere Consulting S.R.L in Romania, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) in Spain, the International Institute for Environment and Development, Susutainable Market group (IIED) in UK and the Agricultural University of Arthens.

Other implementing partners are: University of Cape Verde, the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana, Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACT) in Kenya, Africa Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in Kenya, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Italy, Federation of Italian Farmers (COLDIRETTI), and Uniwersytet Rolniczyim.Hugona Kollataja w krakowie in Poland.

The meeting provided partners the opportunity to work on estimation analysis and organization of the work in the next 12 months, discuss draft conceptual framework (WP1), linkages and dependencies, provide inputs for indentifying reference regions (WP3,WP4 and WP5),etc.

As part of the kick-off meeting, members of the consortium visited small farms in the Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo. This provided them the opportunity to have a practical experince and understanding on the context of small farms in Europe.

Following the kick-off meeting, partners of the consortium will work towards its successful implementation to achieve the desired results.