A brief history

Between 2000 and 2010, urban population growth in Asia was running at 2.7% per year, ie another 378 million inhabitants. In order to feed cities and satisfy growing demand for diversity, safety and quality, value chains are restructuring and farming systems are being transformed.

Urban markets create opportunities but also challenges for local farming systems. How are food supply chains reorganizing ? How to ensure  incomes  among the least favoured farming populations? How to harmonize sustainable food supplies to cities and local agricultural development?

MALICA activities evolved accordingly, enlarging their scope :

2002-2007: Focus on peri-urban  agriculture. Key project:  “SUSPER -Sustainable Periurban agriculture”.

2005-2010: Changes in the food retail system, impacts on food and poverty.  Key project :  « Supermarkets and the poor ».

Since 2007: New trends in domestic market , food quality insurance and labeling. Key projects:  « Superchain » ; « Improved Market access for vegetables” ;“Support to Geographical Indications”.

Since 2011 : Value chain organization and rural transformations. Key project:  « Livestock trajectories in Vietnam (Revalter) ».

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