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The Role of Localized Agri-Food Systems in the Provision of Environmental and Social Benefits in Peripheral Areas: Evidence from Two Case Studies in Italy

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  • Francesco Mantino

    () (Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria—CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics), 00198 Rome, Italy)

  • Francesco Vanni

    () (Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria—CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics), 00198 Rome, Italy)

Abstract

The article focuses on the role of Localized Agri-food Systems (LAFS) in the provision of environmental and social benefits (ESBs) in peripheral areas, by comparing two case studies in Italy: bergamot production in Grecanic area (Calabria region) and a basket of local products in Garfagnana area (Tuscany region). On the basis of the evidence collected through semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, the paper shows the different mechanisms by which LAFS may stimulate the provision of ESBs in such areas. In both case studies the provision of ESBs was the result of the interplay among three different types of drivers: markets factors, the set of policies implemented in the specific territorial context and collective actions performed by local actors to promote new governance patterns and new institutions. The article shows that in peripheral areas LAFS, alongside food production, have a strong potential in delivering a broad range of environmental and social benefits, which are highly valued by local communities and consumers. However, this potential varies to large extent according to the socio-economic and institutional settings, as well as on the type of interactions of market drivers with public policies and collective action.

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  • Francesco Mantino & Francesco Vanni, 2018. "The Role of Localized Agri-Food Systems in the Provision of Environmental and Social Benefits in Peripheral Areas: Evidence from Two Case Studies in Italy," Agriculture, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(8), pages 1-19, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jagris:v:8:y:2018:i:8:p:120-:d:161206
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    1. Filippo Arfini & Federico Antonioli & Elena Cozzi & Michele Donati & Marianna Guareschi & Maria Cecilia Mancini & Mario Veneziani, 2019. "Sustainability, Innovation and Rural Development: The Case of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(18), pages 1-17, September.
    2. Francesco Mantino & Francesco Vanni, 2019. "Policy Mixes as a Strategy to Provide More Effective Social and Environmental Benefits: Evidence from Six Rural Areas in Europe," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-17, November.

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    Keywords

    environmental and social benefits; localized agri-food systems; peripheral areas;

    JEL classification:

    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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