This course will shed light on (local) distribution systems that differ from both the traditional and modern distribution chains (e.g. direct sales, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, home delivery, community supported agriculture). The course will open by giving an insight into the economic basis of short food supply chains. After an overview of international experiences, the focus will move to the valorization and marketing strategies. The potential of partnerships between producers’ organizations and retail companies for the direct selling of local products, as well as the experience of farmers’ markets are discussed. The focus will then move to the regulatory aspects of promoting sustainable food supply chains. Finally, new sustainable approaches to create value and stimulate innovation and growth in wine regions will be discussed. The course includes several field visits and presentations by farmers and entrepreneurs.

- Monday:

Economic basis of short food supply chains; overview of international experiences; valorization and marketing strategies

- Tuesday:

New opportunities for the direct sale of agricultural products: partnerships between producer organizations and retail companies

The experience of farmers’ markets in Italy

- Wednesday:

Visit to EXPO Milano 2015

- Thursday:

Regulatory aspects in the promotion of sustainable food supply chains

Wine routes: new sustainable approaches to create value and stimulate innovation and growth in wine regions

- Friday:

A further field trip in the morning

Call for registration for a new edition of the course. For further information please contact the CEEP secretary:


FromJuly 13th 2015
ToJuly 17th 2015


The course will be delivered in English. Upon request, this course can be repeated in another language.

Participation Fee

The participation fee is € 1,600.00. For applications made before April 14th 2015 a 20% discount will be applied (participation fee = € 1,280.00)

If two or more members of an organization apply for the same course the first participant will pay the full fee, but additional members will have a reduced participation fee of € 1,200.00.

The application deadline for the course MAN01 is May 29th, 2015.

The participation fee includes:

- Tuition costs, including all training materials and use of the location’s training facilities and related services

- Participant costs, including the course field trips, transfer to and from EXPO Milano 2015 + entrance ticket, the lunches of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, a gala dinner and special evening event, and a final dinner.