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The product and marketing channel diversification contributed to the economic success of small-scale agricultural producers involved in short food supply chains after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Small farms have been claimed for some time to contribute to food and nutrition security, not only in the Global South, but even at local and regional levels in largely industrialized regions such as Europe, in spite of their decreasing numbers. In this paper we focused on small-scale farmers who participated in a number of short food supply chains in four European countries (Estonia, Hungary, Portugal and Romania) to better understand how the level of diversification, both in terms of production and marketing channels, contributed to their success during the first wave of COVID.


What makes this study an important contribution to the literature is that it focuses partly on the impact of diversification related to marketing channels, about which knowledge is very limited. The agricultural sectors of the sample countries differ significantly, thus the approach taken here is expected to deliver general and robust outcomes.

Professor Imre Ferto
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Budapest

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This page is a summary of: Farm diversification as a potential success factor for small-scale farmers constrained by COVID-related lockdown. Contributions from a survey conducted in four European countries during the first wave of COVID-19, PLoS ONE, May 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0251715.
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