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Agriculture 2018, 8(8), 120; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8080120

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

Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria—CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics), 00198 Rome, Italy
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Received: 7 June 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 23 June 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental and social benefits; localized agri-food systems; peripheral areas environmental and social benefits; localized agri-food systems; peripheral areas
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Mantino, F.; Vanni, F. 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 2018, 8, 120.

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