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Managing Sustainable Transitions: Institutional Innovations from India

Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat 388001, India
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Academic Editors: Christa Liedtke, Terry Irwin, Lewis Akenji and Amrit Srinivasan
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6076; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116076
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 11 May 2021 / Accepted: 17 May 2021 / Published: 28 May 2021
Despite the widespread disruptions of lives and livelihoods due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could also be seen as a gamechanger. The post-pandemic recovery should address fundamental questions concerning our food systems. Is it possible to reset existing ecologically unsustainable production systems towards healthier and more connected systems of conscious consumers and ecologically oriented farmers? Based on three illustrative cases from different parts of India, we show how managing transitions towards sustainability require institutional innovations and new intermediaries that build agency, change relations, and transform structures in food systems. Lessons from three diverse geographies and commodities in India are presented: urban farming initiatives in Mumbai, conscious consumer initiatives in semi-urban Gujarat for pesticide-free mangoes, and resource-poor arid regions of Andhra Pradesh. Through these examples, we show that, beyond the technological solutions, institutional innovations such as urban community-supported farming models, Participatory Guarantee Schemes, and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) can enable sustainable transitions. Sustainable lifestyles in a post COVID-19 world, as the cases show, require collective experimentation with producers that go beyond changed consumer behaviour to transform structures in food systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: institutional innovation; game changers; sustainable transitions; urban farming; conscious consumerism; farmer collectives institutional innovation; game changers; sustainable transitions; urban farming; conscious consumerism; farmer collectives
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Chebrolu, S.P.; Dutta, D. Managing Sustainable Transitions: Institutional Innovations from India. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6076. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116076

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Chebrolu, Shambu P., and Deborah Dutta. 2021. "Managing Sustainable Transitions: Institutional Innovations from India" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 6076. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116076

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