Many small-scale farmers are excluded from marketing opportunities, because of their size, non-homogeneous and limited production, reduced bargaining power, but also because they may lack of infrastructures for stocking, transport and processing their products.
VSF International favours local food chains that tighten the link between farmers and consumers, and supports producers for better marketing their products to generate sufficient income for family farms. By improving livestock production and access to markets, we fight hunger and poverty. We support the creation of local markets and local food chains (such as dairy collection and distribution systems) where seasonal and local products are sold at a fair price.
We also support villages in the creation of community banks that grant microcredits to their members for income-generating activities.