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Agriculture 2017, 7(1), 5; doi:10.3390/agriculture7010005

State Support in Brazil for a Local Turn to Food

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Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico (SEDETEC/UFRGS), Porto Alegre 90040-020, Brazil
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Department of Applied Economics, University of Vigo, Ourense 32004, Spain
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Department of Applied Economics, Complutense University of Madrid, Pozuelo de Alarcón 28223, Spain
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Departamento de Economia e Relações Internacionais, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Su, Porto Alegre 90040-000, Brazil
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale (DICA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), University of Perugia, Perugia 06125, Italy
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Academic Editors: Giaime Berti, Moya Kneafsey, Larry Lev, Irene Monaserolo and Sergio Schneider
Received: 31 October 2016 / Revised: 30 December 2016 / Accepted: 7 January 2017 / Published: 16 January 2017
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Abstract

The local turn to food is often claimed to be a way to increase the value-added component retained by primary producers and to provide healthy, fresh and affordable food to consumers. Rio do Grande do Sul in Brazil has several governmental support programs that aim to empower family farmers and open up new market opportunities for them. This article examines these programs, investigates how small-scale farmers engage with them and the resultant changes in farming and marketing practices that ensue. The article uses cluster and content analysis to identify and interpret the extent, and the different ways, in which these farmers engage with and make use of the local knowledge and innovation system. The results provide useful insights into how policy instruments improve the performance of family agribusinesses, helping them to make better use of the resources available to them, encouraging farm diversification, and strengthening local interrelations between producers and consumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: farm diversity; public programs and policies; regional development; rural entrepreneurship farm diversity; public programs and policies; regional development; rural entrepreneurship
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Matei, A.P.; Swagemakers, P.; Dominguez Garcia, M.D.; da Silva, L.X.; Ventura, F.; Milone, P. State Support in Brazil for a Local Turn to Food. Agriculture 2017, 7, 5.

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