However, the wide range of opportunities for the involvement of small-scale farmers and rural areas as a whole should not be forgotten: increasing demand of the growing urban population, local markets benefiting from spill-over effects from production for urban markets with regard to new types of food with a high nutritional value, the growing demand for organic food with the prospect of higher profit margins, and value addition for rural areas, for example through processing on the spot.

A food system for everyone

The supreme goal for all activities had to remain that of making the food system inclusive and resilient, the participants stressed at the end of the meeting, taking up the keynote address by Brave Ndisale, Strategic Programme Leader for Food Security and Nutrition at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This also included that contract farming systems, which were generally desirable, did not jeopardise crop diversity, as FAO agro-industry expert Jorge Fonseca criticised in corresponding programmes in Costa Rica, or that concentrating on the high standards required for the export markets must not lead to jeopardising food safety in the local markets with inferior quality, as Clement Onyango, Director of the Consumer Unity & Trust Society Africa Resource Centre (CUTS ARC), pointed out in the case of Kenya.