Creating a framework within the regional administrations that allows certain exceptions and flexibility in the regulation of production, processing and sale of food products.
Key words: Processing, local, artisan, small-scale, tradition
Name of the initiative? Regulation for the Processing and Sale of Products of Local Farmers
Region Valencia Country
What kind of initiative Farming/production, Processing, Policy making
The Food Sovereignty Platform of the Valencian Country carried out an advocacy campaign to encourage policy makers to include and develop a new regulation framework. The Agrarian administration and the Department of Public Health of the Valencian government eventually agreed and allocated personnel and resources for it. They negotiated with small producers and published a new regulation to enable production and sale through Short Food Supply Chains beginning in the summer of 2015.
Small and local producers were organised within the Platform for Food Sovereignty of the Valencian Country. We held periodic meetings, and had direct contact, organising visits to artisan producers and processors.
Collaboration worked due to the organisation of producers, the political impact and the decision of the political decision makers.
The most difficult thing was finding and validating small-scale production and processing methods that ensure food safety.
“We learned that coordination and availability of small-scale producers is complicated…”
We learned that coordination and availability of small-scale producers is complicated, but worth it. Small-scale producers and processors will be able to maintain traditional productions. Selling over shorter distances improves the economic viability of their projects and generates less environmental impact. They can afford to stay in the rural area.
Repository compiled by: Carmen Chinillach Andreu
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