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SUFISA. Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries

Project: Research

  • University of Leuven, Leuven
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural Sciences
  • Univeriteit Hasselt
  • Baltic Studies Centre
  • Universidade de Evora
  • Agricultural University of Athens
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski
  • University of Belgrade
  • University of Southern Denmark
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A good functioning of the European food system is key to deliver food and nutrition security for all Europeans. However, that
system faces many economic, environmental and social challenges as well as opportunities following socio-economic and
technological developments, that are not equally distributed throughout the EU. Future policymaking aiming at healthy and
resilient systems needs to take into account this differentiation and diversity of approaches, which necessitate foresight
activities that take into account both the development of important driving forces as well as the social and spatial diversity.
Primary production—that is agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture—forms the foundation of the food system. Its structure and
performance is influenced by various conditions shaped by both the public and the private sector. As economic agents,
primary producers aim at generating a sufficient amount of income, but their financial conditions are highly dependent on
public and private actors, such as government regulators (including the EU’s agricultural and fisheries policies), the financial
sector, suppliers, the food industry, retailers, etc. In other words, the web of policy requirements as well as input and output
market imperfections greatly shape farmers’ and fishermen’s livelihoods. Knowledge on the conditions of primary producers
and the driving forces influencing these conditions exists, but in a fragmented way: not all primary producers and regions are
covered, not all driving forces have been investigated, cross-linkages between them have been insufficiently analysed, future
opportunities are not well integrated, etc. The purpose of SUFISA is to identify sustainable practices and policies in the
agricultural, fish and food sectors that support the sustainability of primary producers in a context of multi-dimensionsal
policy requirements, market uncertainties and globalisation.
Effective start/end date01/05/201530/04/2019


Research outputs

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