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Draft Food System Maps

SALSA is developing and testing a new methodology for the mapping of regional food systems.  Maps are being developed using the tool-kit below for each of the four staple products that have been identified in the 30 reference regions

Initial maps have been developed and will be refined / elaborated in more detail as the fieldwork and stakeholder consultation in the reference regions continues.  In order to support the on-going development and improvement of the maps, SALSA partners are invited to share their draft maps here.  Please upload, compare and contrast!  Share your "tips and tricks".  And don't be shy about asking questions.



Since I started the thread I guess I should jump in and post something!

We have identified 4 staples for Bistrita-Nasaud:  Potatoes; Apples; Dairy products (cow and buffalo), and; Pork meat

Draft food maps have been produced based upon the statistical data collected for the regional food balance sheet, together with information from discussions with key informants.  But MUCH MORE discussion is needed and there are numerous issues where we lack clarity / understanding of the prevailing situation.

All maps have currently been prepared with the PPT-based tool-kit, but we will use a larger-scale, more interactive format in further discussions.

Three maps are included below:

Apples - produced and consumed in the region, with significant exports of processed product (apple juice)

Dairy products (cow and buffalo) - produced and consumed in the region, some exports but also significant imports

Pork meat - culturally / socially important staple product with most small farmers buying and fattening at least one pig per year to produce a wide range of traditional products, especially for the Christmas period and winter months.  But significant imports at other times of year

Lots to talk about!


Hello everybody,

Following Mark’s proposal, we share our food system maps for:

- Two products that are both produced and consumed in the region and that are relevant for smallholders and the territory, particularly in-land Castellón: olive oil and the pork meat.

- The most relevant export crop in the region: clementine.

- A crop mainly cultivated in in-land Castellón, and historically used as a cash crop to complement farm income: almonds.

At a first glance, the main contrast between the Romanian and the Spanish region seems to be the multiplicity of in-coming and out-coming flows that connect the regional food system with both other Spanish regions and other countries.

Hello to all,

I found the idea of sharing the results of the work which has already been done by all partners on the food system maps very important. The AUA team has already concluded this work and it is now sharing the findings of the challenging Reference Region RR10 of Ileia, Greece. All four products have been examined in each one of the three regions selected (Ileia, Larssia and Imatheia). Very soon we will upload the results of the other two reference regions.

Best to all,


Attached files: 

Hi to all,

As I have said earlier, here are the findings from the other two Reference Regions RR8: Imathia and RR9: Larissa, each one of which examines four products. My thanks to all the AUA team members, and particularly to Pavlos, Giannis and Elpiniki for their hard work and cooperation.