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Very successful second meeting of all SALSA project partners in Cabo Verde (17 – 20 January 2017)

The second meeting of all SALSA project partners took place in Praia, Cabo Verde from 17 – 20 January 2017. The meeting was hosted by the local team in the project led by Elsa Barbosa Simões from the Escola Superior de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais, Universidade de Cabo Verde.

The meeting marks an important phase in the implementation of the project as it concluded the conceptual development and kicked-off the empirical work in the 30 reference regions – 25 to cover the spatial, structural, institutional, socio-cultural and economic food systems diversity across Europe and five African regions with differing conditions. The selection of the 25 European reference regions is based on an advanced multivariate statistical analysis of available statistical data combined with the EDORA structural types and expert consultations in all countries. The analysis was led by Nuno Guiomar from the project coordinating team at Universidade de Évora.

The Conceptual and Analytical Frameworks for the empirical analysis were presented by Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa. Teresa Pinto Correia, the scientific coordinator of SALSA, focussed in her discussion on the main issues in the actual application of the Analytical Framework, illustrated by a first application in Montemor-o-Novo, a municipality in the District of Évora in Portugal.

Another important component of the meeting was a whole day excursion and visit to six different small farms on Santiago, the largest of the Cabo Verde islands. The excursion and discussions with the farmers, and sometimes with their families, showed how entrepreneurial and innovative small farmers can be and provided an excellent illustration of what SALSA is about!