The implementation of the sustainable development goals
: a tool to bridge the gap between the EU and small-scale farming

  • Marine Clara Tourancheau (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within EU agriculture is as much a challenge as it is an opportunity. The agricultural sector is crucial for sustainable development and, more generally, for the future of all of us. However, many controversies exist between the EU and its farmers, especially small ones. Thus, in the following dissertation, we interviewed the main actors of small-scale farming about the impact of the EU and the SDGs on their daily life. Our results highlighted low trust in the EU, due to lack of knowledge and communication about existing policies. Furthermore, when discussing the SDGs more in depth, we acknowledged farmers’ interest and willingness to improve policies. We concluded that trust and faith in EU regulations would be increased by educating all the stakeholders of agriculture (including EU regulators), especially in small-scale farming. We therefore propose a policy brief to improve dialogue and communication within EU agriculture policies, using the implementation of the SDGs as a tool and a basis for change. We also discuss the possibility, not to ameliorate the current system, but to transition to a more local structure, still using the SDGs as a guideline for change.
Date of Award30 Jun 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSérgio Paulo Moreira (Supervisor)


  • SDGs
  • Small-scale farming
  • EU
  • Agriculture


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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