Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2015

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FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGES AND THE ROLE OF SMALL FARMS IN FOSTERING SUSTAINABILITY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD: A CRITICAL DISCUSSION
Naoum Tsolakis, Christos Keramydas, Dimitrios Vlachos

Building: Titania
Room: Solon
Date: 2015-02-07 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-01-27

Abstract


Sustainability and security of food systems is a major global concern that mainly stems from projections that indicate a global population growth to 9.1 billion people in 2050 with a corresponding increase in food demand by 70%. Notably, food insecurity ramifications are evident in the developed countries were the traditional diets dominated by regional staples are replaced by processed food products rich in fats, salt and sweeteners that result in non-communicable diseases. Hence, food insecurity in high income countries is primarily a public health issue and secondly a matter of accessibility and availability.

To that end, smallholdings (or small farms) could enhance the adaptive capacity of local and regional food systems towards modern challenges and hence foster food security at local and national levels in the developed world. Therefore, in this study we discuss a number of agricultural policy directions aiming at: (i) increasing productivity of resource-efficient farming that can adapt to climate change and mitigate the farming negative environmental impacts, (ii) focusing on smallholder farmers who are likely to be the main agents of change, (iii) promoting research in sustainable and scalable agriculture, and (iv) advocating sustainable agriculture through optimising political interventions and targeted public and private investments.

Supporting Agencies: European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1) under Grant Agreement No. 316167, Project Acronym: GREEN-AgriChains.


Keywords


Food Security, Short SUpply Chains, Small Farms