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Agriculture 2018, 8(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8010010

Measuring the Economic Impact of Farmers’ Markets on Local Economies in the Basque Country

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Departamento de Economía Aplicada V, Instituto de Estudios sobre el Desarrollo y la Cooperación HEGOA, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Plaza de Oñati 1, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
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Departamento de Economía Financiera II, Instituto de Estudios sobre el Desarrollo y la Cooperación HEGOA, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Plaza de Oñati 1, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
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Instituto de Sociología y Estudios Campesinos, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, 14004 Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
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Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 2 January 2018 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 8 January 2018
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Farmers’ markets are a traditional exchange space for local peasants, around which alternative agri-food networks (AFNs) are being built on a local scale. These AFNs seek to establish quality and trust-based equitable relationships within value chains. The main objective of this paper is to measure the economic impact of 10 farmers’ markets on the local economy in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa (Northern Spain). To calculate the degree of impact, we use the tools of input-output analysis, adapting the SEED & NEED & FEED (Sticky Economic Evaluation Device & Neighborhood Exchange Evaluation Device & Food Environment Evaluation Device) approach to the specific context of the Basque Country. The results obtained give an economic value of the impact of these marketing spaces, including direct and indirect effects on other economic sectors. Furthermore, the results show that markets present other factors, not just economic, that add value for both producers and consumers, as well as for the local economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: farmers’ markets; economic impact; alternative agri-food networks; input output analysis farmers’ markets; economic impact; alternative agri-food networks; input output analysis
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Malagon-Zaldua, E.; Begiristain-Zubillaga, M.; Onederra-Aramendi, A. Measuring the Economic Impact of Farmers’ Markets on Local Economies in the Basque Country. Agriculture 2018, 8, 10.

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