SALSIFI - Policy Training for Agroecology Partnerships

SALSIFI (Supporting Advanced Learning for Stakeholders Involved in Sustainable Food systems Initiatives) is an Erasmus+ Project aiming to develop and implement an innovative transnational education programme reinforcing the capacity of CSA networks and civil servants at local, regional, national and EU levels to engage in collaborative public food policy-making processes.

Four courses have been developed through the partnership of 10 organisations. Each course concentrates on a specific advocacy topic. You’ll find the descriptions of each course below. The courses will be held in English and are open to anyone interested. A certificate will be issued to participants after the training.

You can easily register for a course by clicking the Register button under each course. If you have any questions or technical issues please contact

The partnership consists of: AMAP IdF – France, AMPI – Czechia,  ASAT – Romania, DEAFAL – Italy, GASAP – Belgium, ICLEI – Germany, Solawi Netzwerk – Germany.  TVE – Hungary, URGENCI – France and Zambra – Spain


Each course consists of an online self-paced online learning module which provides the theoretical base of the course and 2 live sessions where you can exchange with other learners and experts in the field and learn form real-life examples.

Small Producers at the Crossroads (local level advocacy)

Small food producers are at a crossroads (environmentally, societally and economically) and their choices at this crossroads will affect their resilience. This course explores how we can build bridges between different actors (citizens, public authorities, NGOs and organizations working with local solidarity partnerships and community supported agriculture) in our food systems. 

Who will be the organisers? 

Anna Morera, Alice Bognetti Deafal, Italy

Timothée Collin GASAP, Belgium


From the fields to the canteens! CSA, LSPA & public procurement 

When a small producer tries to participate in tenders to supply public canteens, they encounter bureaucratic barriers and practical problems (like meeting the expected amount of deliveries for a school). This live session debate will present advocacy campaigns that have successfully included small producers in these tenders. Such successful initiatives use different approaches: stimulating the rewriting of tenders to meet the needs of consumers, or the union of LSPAs in temporary business networks to meet the requests of public authorities.

Time: 17-18.30 CEST

Working together for sustainable cities: access to land & local food policy 

All over the world, cities are realizing that access to land, procurement, transformation and disposal of food for their citizens must be planned. This starts with the needs of its inhabitants and the possibilities of its producers. This is how city food policies are born. This session will look at examples of the process that leads public authorities to dialogue with all sectors that work with food.

Time: 17-18.30 CEST

Building Blocks of Advocacy (National level advocacy)

This module is an introduction to three important fields of advocacy: Public Relations, Coalitions and Lobbying. It serves to expand the knowledge about advocacy for organizations in the sector of agroecology and short food supply chains. The module will help organizations reflect on their own capacities and possibilities with regard to advocacy. The module will also inlcude an exchange with other European organizations to learn from their experiences. The module is designed for interested people working in the field of agroecology and short food supply chains.

Who will be the organisers? 

Alena Wranová AMPI, Czechia

Baldur Kapusta Netzwerk Solidarische Landwirtschaft, Germany


This first online live-session will outline the module’s goals and allow the participants to get inspired by activists’ experiences. Joining the session is Leonie, a social scientist who researches advocacy in a CSA network and Florent, a passionate farmer with experience in advocacy. In the following two weeks you are invited to undertake the two training sessions in the online module at the time that suits best to you. These sessions introduces the building blocks of advocacy and inspires ideas as to what can be done in the different fields Public Relations, Coalitions and Lobbying. The online module also includes exercises to reflect and plan your organizations’ next steps in advocacy.

Time: 17-19 CEST

The second live session will bring the participants together to share their experiences and plans for advocacy. In this session, you will be joined by Martin, an  expert on agricultural politics in a NGO and Tereza, a grassroots activist building up short food supply chains in her area.

Time: 17– 19 CEST

Introduction to Advocacy in Eastern Europe for Sustainable Food Systems (Advocacy in EE)

Does Eastern Europe have a specific dynamic regarding the development of LSPA (Local Solidarity Partnerships for Agroecology)? Together, let’s find different methods and models to build a more sustainable food system. The module is designed for consumers and producers interested in finding out more information about CSA in Hungary and Romania. It may also be of interest to representatives of local authorities and NGOs engaged in increasing access to locally produced food.

During the training you will learn about LSPA in Hungary and Romania. In the module, you will discover the realities and challenges within different types of LSPAs (e.g., CSA and buying groups). You will also get insight into the activities of the Romanian and Hungarian CSA organisations ASAT and TVE. This module outlines how these organisations have been helping the Romanian and Hungarian CSA movement for years. Finally, you will have the opportunity to interactively get ideas and help promote local food production systems yourself, and exchange experiences with others.

Who will be the organisers? 

Mihaela Vetan ASAT, Romania

Noémi Andacs Tudatos Vásárlók Egyesülete TVE, Hungary


Advocating in Europe: EU Process and Priorities for LSPAs (EU Advocacy)

Local food policymaking is important and meaningful for strong, resilient, and effective CSA networks, LSPAs, and local food producers.

However, without a clear understanding of the broader, regional food policies and institutions that govern Europe, food producers and their allies will not be able to influence changes at a larger scale. This module introduces participants to the various EU institutions responsible for global food policy. They will also be introduced to the main initiatives and processes right now that influence and affect food producers in Europe. Finally, this module will help participants learn the spaces (both inside and around EU institutions) where they can make impacts on regional food policymakers

Who will be the organisers?

Isa Alvarez, URGENCI President, Zambra

URGENCI, Zambra, AMAP Idf France

18:00 – 19:30 CEST

18:00 – 19:30 CEST

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