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The Value Generation of Social Farming

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 5100

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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy
Interests: agriculture; food and environment
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: economic and environmental sustainability; environmental impact assessment; efficiency analysis; food supply chain management; strategic marketing planning; agri-food economics; consumer economics (theory and empirical applications); agri-food supply chain management; food chain logistics and ICT; economics of technological innovation in the agri-food industry
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment (Di3A), Section of Agri-Food Economics, University of Catania, 95124 Catania, Italy
Interests: marketing of agri-food products; policies of protection and valorization of quality agri-food products; agro biodiversity; social agriculture; rural development policies
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Interests: Agricultural; Food and Environment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite you to submit your latest research to this Special Issue of Sustainability.

Social Farming is a global phenomenon with heterogeneous approaches, different shapes, and intersector relationships, but also common characteristics and activities. Social Farming includes social services in rural areas such as education, healthcare, and work inclusion, as well as products to meet modern society demand. Despite the global diffusion and impact today, social farming in agriculture still lacks an adequate legislative and operative definition to support it.

The diffusion of social farming and its economic and social impact have therefore increased the need to esteem the “value” it produces from a model of “welfare” to a model of “welfare society”.

The need to evaluate the “social value” of social farming is related with the European Community’ needs (CESE 2013), to develop a model able to:

 "...measure the social effects and the impact on the society determined by specific activities of a social enterprise..." and "...he must be elaborated beginning from the principal results gotten by the social enterprise, he must favor the activities of it, to be proportionate and he must not hinder the social innovation...".

Social farming value creation has four dimensions:

  1. Social value, developing social capital and relationships able to facilitate a tangible positive change within community wealth;
  2. Cultural value, through the promotion of animation actions within the community;
  3. Institutional value, through the strengthening of the principle of subsidiarity to different institutional levels;
  4. Economic added value, through the increase of material, economic, and financial wealth that an organization or an enterprise produces through its activities.

To value the change of social enterprises, the framework to assume is related to the so-called “impact value chain”, which is complex to measure.

In recent years, proposals of new measurement methodologies of impact produced by the social farms have grown.

The target to measure the social farming impact is even more complex, therefore setting the objective to define theoretical approaches and methodologies of survey, evaluation, and case studies to give evidence of benefits produced from social farms and of the effectiveness of their actions in terms of sustainability.

The present call is set, therefore, to admit, also at interdisciplinary level, models to evaluate the impact produced by social farming in its different dimensions (economic, social, etc.).

Abstracts are going to be valued based on their originality and the coherence with the objective of the Special Issue with the purpose to collect the contributions on an actual topic that will contribute in the future to the sustainability of the economic, agricultural, and social systems and to activate an interdisciplinary comparison internationally.

Topics covered in this Special Issue include:

Emerging trends in social farming

Social farming: a new paradigm of local development

Method of economic and social evaluation of social farming

Healthcare and social farming

Economic social farming as a new frontier of agriculture

Role of urban e peri-urban agriculture

Social responsibility

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Scuderi
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Timpanaro
Prof. Dr. Vera Teresa Foti
Prof. Dr. Claudio Bellia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Social farming
  • Value
  • Agriculture

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Rasch Model for Assessing Propensity to Entomophagy
by Luca Iseppi, Marcella Rizzo, Enrico Gori, Federico Nassivera, Ivana Bassi and Alessandro Scuderi
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4346; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084346 - 14 Apr 2021
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations supports the production of edible insects as a promising and sustainable source of nutrients to meet the increasing demand for animal-derived products by the growing world population. Even if insects are part of the [...] Read more.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations supports the production of edible insects as a promising and sustainable source of nutrients to meet the increasing demand for animal-derived products by the growing world population. Even if insects are part of the diet of more than two billion people worldwide, the practice of eating insects (entomophagy) raises challenging questions for Western countries where this is not a habit. The research applied the Rasch models and showed that, in the case of hunger or need, 70.8% of the sample declared that they would be willing to eat insects. The willingness to habitually consume and pay for insect food is very low, but the percentages are higher than people who had actually had insect tasting experiences. This demonstrates that a communication process is necessary that aims to overcome psychological/cultural barriers. Only in this way will it be possible to increase the propensity to consume insects. Full article
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The Evaluation of Social Farming through Social Return on Investment: A Review
by Francesco Basset
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3854; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043854 - 20 Feb 2023
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In recent years, there has been a need for a shared methodology for evaluating social farming (SF) practices to verify not only their effectiveness but also their social and economic sustainability. The evaluation of SF has been highlighted using the methodology of the [...] Read more.
In recent years, there has been a need for a shared methodology for evaluating social farming (SF) practices to verify not only their effectiveness but also their social and economic sustainability. The evaluation of SF has been highlighted using the methodology of the social return on investment (SROI) due to the potential of such approach regarding the quantification of social impact. The main purpose of this study is to provide an overview, through a systematic review, of the application of SROI to SF experiences to check the results comparability, both in terms of outcomes standardization and comparisons between SROI ratios. The results first show some similarities on the construction of outcomes that allow for the initial comparability of the results. Secondly, all the indicators calculated in the articles report a social return value of social farming projects that varies approximately from EUR 2 to EUR 3 per euro invested. Critical issues remain regarding the application of this methodology to SF practices, regarding the number of the applications of SROI to SF, the process of stakeholder engagement and the construction of outcome. There is a need for more studies that apply SROI to SF experiences in order to standardize the process of analysis. Full article
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