Special Issue "Sustainable Food Systems in Italy: Policies, Movements and Markets"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: food governance and policy; digital disruption in food systems; food supply chains; food systems sustainability; rural development
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Interests: food movements; Alternative Food Networks (AFSNs); sustainable consumption; grassroots food innovations, food hubs, food governance and policy
The development of globalized and industrialized food systems, together with the implementation of agricultural policies, which has focused more on the production of commodities than on food, has led to environmental, economic and social crises in the food system and to the marginalization of local food systems. As alternatives to the conventional global food supply chains and to traditional productivist sectorial policies, we have witnessed the rise of new local sustainable food movements and markets, and a growing number of cities and regions around the world are developing local policies to build food security and to develop sustainable, fair and resilient food systems.
Starting from the results of the of the 3rd National Conference of the “The Italian Network for Local Food Policies”, and incorporating other relevant research, this Special Issue of Agriculture aims to collect case study analyses of local food movements and markets aimed at reconstructing local food systems through the active involvement of local food actors. Furthermore, we aim to explore local food policies implemented in Italy and trace the variety of policy pathways emerging in different contexts. Papers focusing on the intersections between academic research and local food initiatives are particularly encouraged.
Key topics in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Evaluation of local food policies: urban food strategies, food councils and other governance arrangements;
- The role of food movements, alternative food networks, resilient practices from below in urban and peri-urban contexts;
- The role of rural agriculture and sustainable food supply chains in the reconstruction of local food systems;
- New socio-technical arrangements for sustainable food markets;
- From “food consumption” to “food citizenship”: initiatives, perspectives, problems and analysis;
- Best practices in food education for a sustainable food system;
- Interactions between food and migration.
a) A call for extended abstract of at least 1.500 words by the end of May 31, to be sent to the following email adresses:
b) Full papers submission by September.
Dr. Giaime Berti
Prof. Francesca Forno
Dr. Marzia Mauriello
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- food movements
- Alternative Food Networks
- food policy
- local food systems
- food education
- rural–urban linkages
- food citizenship
- food education
- food councils
- urban food strategies