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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B53/S21.054

OVERVIEW AND CHARACTERISTICS OF CERTAIN TYPES OF ASSOCIATIONS WORKING ON BEHALF OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ORGANIC AS WELL AS CONVENTIONAL FARMS LOCATED IN WESTERN EUROPE

S.T. Dziuba, A. Piekara; M. Ingaldi
Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-67-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book5 Vol. 3, 421-426 pp

ABSTRACT
Customers pay more and more attention to where their grocery products and especially their fresh produce comes from. That in turn causes the development of the locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. This model is based on creating closer ties with the local market responsible for food trade between individual buyers and producers.
It was established that the owners of medium and small sized (organic as well as traditional) farms have issues with finding loyal customers. The aim of this study is to find alternative ways of organizing farmers or optionally farmers and their customers into organizations similar to the ones already existent in other Western European countries. Their basic goal is to simplify the relationship between the producer and customer and at the same time to reduce the logistical chain which takes place while the produce is being transported to its’ recipients. Shortening of this chain has also a key effect on traceability. Another important role of organizations working on behalf of the eco-friendly farms is spreading the knowledge about the role and importance of such endeavours.

Keywords: Organic farming, traceability, community supported agriculture