Terralim is anchored in grassroots actionProjects opportunities represent a stimulus for local actors to move forward. Yet without an ethical compass, projects can not produce long-lasting and shared results. Terralim always seeks a balanced approach between human well-being today and ecological long-term prospects. International experience opens opportunities to insert food chains and local development in a sustainable perspective. The holistic approach to food implemented in Japan, as the teikei, inspired initiatives in other countries, such as CSAs ou AMAP in France. The sumak kawsay (living well) of Andean peoples inspired local and national strategies. All countries, all territories own a specific wealth that can be shared.
The way projects are implemented and steered are as important as their goals. The project approach has limitations and drawbacks. The guidelines adopted in a hurry to meet deadlines, to appeal to funders, or imposed without participation from all stakeholders, create both frustrations and failures. Take the time to hear different opinions, to understand and articulate them is a principle of action for Terralim. Firmly rooted in research in social sciences, including economics, Terralim develops rigorous approach, based on observation and demonstration. Nevertheless, analytic approaches must not undermine social comprehensiveness, essential in food and local development.