Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries

A web of policy requirements as well as input and output market imperfections greatly shape farmers’ and fishermen’s livelihoods -  SUFISA is here to identify them.

Summary

SUFISA aims to identify practices and policies that support the sustainability of primary food producers in a context of complex policy requirements, market imperfections and globalisation.

About the project

SUFISA aims to contribute to the development of new institutional arrangements in the agro-food sector that address long-term sustainability. Primary production—that is agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture—forms the foundation of a European food system. A good functioning food system thus requires farmers and fishermen to earn a sufficient income from their activities. However, farmers and fishermen face the double challenge of increasing both their competitiveness and their environmental performance by various public and private sector actors. SUFISA is an ongoing project that aims to identify problem areas for primary production and provide strategies to ease these pressures.

Solution

SUFISA aims to contribute to the development of new institutional arrangements in the agro-food sector that address long-term sustainability. This will enable industry stakeholders as well as policy makers across the EU to improve existing and design new institutional arrangements, ultimately resulting in the enhanced competitiveness and environmental performance of EU agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries and thus food and nutrition security within the EU.

Implementation journey

SUFISA is carrying out work in a transdisciplinary way using a multi-actor approach, and actively engaging a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders in order to optimise both the relevance of the work. This approach has included constructing a conceptual framework that investigates the nature and impact of market imperfections/policy requirements to primary producers’ conditions, strategies and performance.

Results 

The main results so far concern the development of the conceptual framework and the case study analyses. A first draft of the conceptual framework has been presented at a SUFISA workshop on the IFSA 2016 conference.

To keep up to date with the project visit the SUFISA website.