A lasting collaboration framework of European foundations considering small-scale farming and agroecology as key elements in sustainable production of high-quality food, health issues, in maintaining and developing dynamic economic activities in cities and rural areas and in responsible management of natural resources.
 

Focus areas

  • Land Issues
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Activities

For the years 2015-2016, EFSAF has chosen to focus its work on two key topics: Land issues and sustainable food systems. Both topics are featured in policy discussions at the European and international level. Our foundations seek to identify opportunities to get engaged on the global agenda by sharing or collectively further develop concrete experiences and good practices.
EFSAF’s objectives and desired outcomes per topic are outlined below:
 
Read the full set of activities in the concept note on the right.

Steering Group Members

Network background

Launched in 2014 in the context of the International Year on Family Farming, EFSAF has been set up in 2015 as a lasting collaboration framework of European foundations considering small-scale farming and agroecology as key elements in sustainable production of high-quality food, health issues, in maintaining and developing dynamic economic activities in rural areas and in responsible management of natural resources.

In 2014, the network commissioned a survey on small-scale farming supported by (mainly) European foundations: “Foundations and Family Farming: Exploratory Study on Strategies, Operational Practices and Learning”, available online. In the follow up, the collaborative EFSAF-network seeks to contribute to better information-sharing among foundations, facilitate linkages with partners, foster collaboration on specific initiatives, and connect with relevant institutional stakeholders to raise awareness about existing innovations with proven success on the ground. In short, the aims are to encourage scaling-up of successes, the diffusion of innovations and to allow field initiatives and research to influence the policy level.