We offer a modular or phased training program to build local capacities and capabilities for organizing local markets for locally-produced food that is based on a combination of on-line and face-to-face support.
- SFSC Basics – Introduction to short food supply chains (SFSC). 2 meetings (each one approx. 2 hrs). For Local Market organisers and potential beneficiaries of that market (farmers, food producers, consumers).
What is a local market for locally-produced food? What are the benefits to be generated from a local market initiatives? What are examples and models worth considering? What IT solutions are available and how to finance an SFSC initiative?
Expected result: Familiarity with the principles and benefits of local markets for locally-produced food, providing a basis for designing an initiative that can be customized to the needs, conditions and opportunities of a specified community or locale.
- Designing an SFSC – Planning an SFSC initiative. 2 meetings (each one approx. 2 hrs). For Local Market organisers and potential beneficiaries of that market (farmers, food producers, consumers).
Where to start? Is it worth assessing the potential for a local market? How to conduct an assessment? What are the most important barriers? What are the opportunities? What is the role of the local market animateur or broker? What is the role of the municipal government?
Expected result: Outline of an SFSC initiative tailored to local needs, conditions and opportunities, allocation of roles and responsibilities, identification of resourcing arrangements and leadership.
- SFSC Action Plan – Implementing an SFSC initiative. Advisory/mentoring service (10 hours). For group leading on an SFSC initiative in a specified region or locale. Preparation of action plan and working budget. Support in organizing resourcing, including preparation of grant-aid proposals.
Expected result: An action plan with budget and resourcing arrangements identified, along with potential funding and outline grant proposals.