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The Potential Role of Short Food Supply Chains in Strengthening Periurban Agriculture in Spain: The Cases of Madrid and Barcelona

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Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Habitat 4 SCA, 18001 Granada, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 2080; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11072080
Received: 19 February 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2019 / Accepted: 1 April 2019 / Published: 8 April 2019
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Abstract

Periurban agriculture is being hit by the effects of the globalized food system, as well as by concrete aspects of urban sprawl. Nonetheless, proximity to the main markets provides an opportunity to sustain agriculture in highly urbanized areas. In this sense, an increasing number of local initiatives is arising within the context of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). The economic impact of these initiatives, however, is limited by problems and inefficiencies that hinder their capacity to scale up. The present paper sets forth the results of a research project developed in Madrid and Cataluña. The study is based upon documentary and empirical research addressing the main problems periurban farmers are facing in relation to local food distribution. Among other factors, these refer to regulatory barriers, logistics, competition and dealing with consumers’ preferences. We conducted a questionnaire with a representative group of farmers from each region in three towns presenting different demographic sizes along with another questionnaire extended to the owners of small grocery stores, who play a vital role in the supply of fresh food in these municipalities. Our research demonstrates that most of the problems arising when dealing with SFSCS can be solved by introducing new forms of cooperation among the different agents of the food chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: short food supply chains; distribution; periurban agriculture; local food systems; farm questionnaire; small grocery questionnaire; governance short food supply chains; distribution; periurban agriculture; local food systems; farm questionnaire; small grocery questionnaire; governance
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Yacamán Ochoa, C.; Matarán, A.; Mata Olmo, R.; López, J.M.; Fuentes-Guerra, R. The Potential Role of Short Food Supply Chains in Strengthening Periurban Agriculture in Spain: The Cases of Madrid and Barcelona. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2080.

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