> Increasing Farmer Success in Local Markets in the Deep South

The report explores on-farm, market and infrastructure barriers that small farmers face in accessing markets for fresh, local produce in the Deep South, and shares pragmatic interventions and insights that can shape the success of developing local food systems in the region.

The research presented here indicates that there is significant room for growth in local and regional food systems in the Deep South states of Alabama and Mississippi, which are currently underdeveloped. the report also presents pragmatic interventions and insights that will shape the success of developing local and regional food systems in the Deep South. Among them are the importance of collaboration along the supply chain; the role of market intermediary actors (such as supporting organizations, aggregators, distributors, and food hubs) who can expand the reach of local products into new markets, stimulate collaboration, and encourage strategies to begin to address limitations in the food system. 

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