The EU’s rural development regulation (1305/2013) defines a “short supply chain” as a supply chain involving a limited number of economic operators, committed to cooperation, local economic development, and close geographical and social relations between food producers, processors and consumers.
More information can be accessed at:
Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU. A State of Play of their Socio-Economic Characteristics. [EU Science Hub]
Short food supply chains and local food systems in the EU [European Parliament Think Tank]
Such a food system is of considerable interest since it responds to a number of needs and opportunities, both of farmers and consumers. The development of (different types) short food supply chains (i.e., direct sales by individuals and/or collective direct sales, partnerships – community supported agriculture) is one of the approaches of the Common Agricultural Policy to improve competitiveness in Europe.