The CCRI are delighted to publish their SUFISA UK case study reports. After three years of hard work, the team are excited to share the results.

The two UK case studies focussed on the supply chain arrangements of dairy farmers in Somerset and inshore fishers in Cornwall. The research has revealed important messages about the respective industries which are hopefully of interest and use to producers themselves, as well as those connected to the industries. Professor Damian Maye said “these reports come at a crucial time for both sectors”. He continued, “both industries face numerous challenges. The report highlights these challenges and documents the ways producers are overcoming them.”

In the dairy case, the research reiterated the impact of milk price volatility on producers, which it attributes in part to oversupply. It subsequently documents the different pricing mechanisms and supply chain arrangements available to farmers. Professor Maye notes “there are a number of different ways of selling milk these days. It is important we recognise this variation as the different arrangements can have significant implications for farmers”.

The inshore fisheries report highlights the importance of fishing to the wider Cornish economy, especially in relation to tourism and the social fabric of communities. The biggest challenge to inshore fishers was policy – specifically the allocation of quota under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). According to Dr Hannah Chiswell, “the research has shown us how the inshore sector is desperate for more quota – fishers are hoping that more quota will be available post-Brexit, and that they will end up getting more quota allocated to them”. The report also documents how fishers are no longer just selling their fish on the harbourside. Hannah described how “fishers are using some really innovative ways to sell their catch”.

The reports are now available for download as pdfs below. The report summaries are condensed versions of the full report and are supplemented by the two-page policy summaries, which aim to draw attention to the specific findings that may have implications for policy decision making. The full SUFISA report, which deals with both the case studies, is also available for download. Dr Chiswell said “we have chosen to summarise our results to really highlight the key issues that have arisen from the research”. She added, “an accessible evidence base is particularly important ahead of Brexit – we hope our research findings can inform policy discussions and help develop policy that supports sustainable dairy and fisheries businesses”.

Hard copies of the reports have now been sent out to participants and stakeholders. The team are keen to share the reports with those who kindly took the time to be involved in the research, after all it could not have been done without them.

Interested in the project and want to request a hard copy of one of the report? Please get in touch at ccri@glos.ac.uk.

Dairy policy brief  Dairy summary report Inshore fisheries policy brief  Inshore fisheries summary report UK Case Study full report

More details about the EU Horizon 2020 funded project can be found on the SUFISA website.

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