KUMAKKA – Sustainability, competitiveness and appreciation for agriculture by community supported agriculture

Project Details

Description (abstract)

We are facing challenges with the profitability and appreciation of agriculture, the demand for do-mestic food, the structure of trade and the sustainability of food production and consumption. There is a need for versatile solutions and discussion about different food production models, consumer choices and consumer-producer relationship.

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a model to produce and distribute food locally. In it, the farmers and consumers share the risks and rewards of agriculture – in co-operation, without intermediaries, while developing the sustainability of food production and with the support of the community. CSA is not too well known and neither much practised in Finland although it could be a noteworthy distribution channel for local food, bring consumers closer to farmers and strengthen the sustainability and profitability in primary production.

The project aims to raise, develop and strengthen community supported agriculture as a way to act sustainably and advance consumer-producer relationship, and as a model of local and profitable food production and distribution channel in both conventional and in organic production.

The project
1. provides new knowledge and understanding of community supported agriculture, its sustainability and implementation (a survey of community supported agriculture as a local food system and meeting place for farmers and consumers)
2. strengthens cooperation and know-how amongst those involved in as well as interested in pursuing and developing community supported agriculture (network for community supported agriculture)
3. produces a proposal to promote community supported agriculture in Finland based on the survey and done in cooperation within the network built
4. informs about community supported agriculture

Target groups: Farms, farming communities and consumers (households, restaurants, kindergartens, etc.) interested in or already engaged in consumer supported agriculture.

The project is nationwide. It is carried out by the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute with the Finnish Organic Association. The project is funded by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment Häme from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020).

Effective start/end date01/10/201931/12/2022