Regional food systems 2
But while the authors leave no doubts that it does work, I am generally suspicious about initiatives like this that are centrally steered and enforced in a topdown way. The article did not look at some of what I think are the important issues, leaving some unanswered questions. Is this programme sustainable? Do all target groups benefit equally from governmental support? Do farmers have influence over what they grow and how?
I would have liked to see a more critical view on the FAP. I understand that it is promising that national governments recognise the need to support regional food systems. Yet, I believe that it is as important to look at how programmes are implemented as it is to describe their content.
Wageningen, the Netherlands