Special Issue "Motivations, Drivers, and Barriers to the Development of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems and Consumption Patterns"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019).
Interests: food quality schemes; geographical indications; consumer perception; rural development; animal welfare economics; localised agri-food systems; short food supply chains
Agri-food systems call for ecologically sustainable farming practices and food products purchased in ways that promote the socioeconomic viability of the agri-food systems. On the other hand, consumer demand in industrialised markets is driven by conflictual needs, ranging from low prices to ethical and health concerns.
Despite the environmental alarms, both agri-food systems and consumers still experience major difficulties in the road to sustainability. The research question of this Special Issue is: What are the stakeholders’ motivations and barriers to the development of sustainable agri-food systems and consumption patterns? We expect that the outcomes of this Special Issue will be thought-provoking to policy makers and support the development of sustainable practices in agri-food production and consumption.
This Special Issue welcomes papers that:
- analyse the socioeconomics of sustainable agri-food systems, including localised agri-food systems and short food supply chains;
- analyse consumers’ perception towards sustainable consumption practices (e.g., waste disposal) and products (e.g., animal-welfare-friendly products);
- study or propose new sustainable paradigms for conventional agri-food production and distribution systems;
- propose potential paths of sustainable development in term of consumption patterns, including recommendations to policy-makers;
- use innovative methodologies to evaluate or describe the stakeholders’ motivations, drivers and barriers to the development of sustainable agri-food systems and consumption patterns
Dr. Maria Cecilia Mancini
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- localised agri-food systems
- short food supply chains
- consumer perception
- socioeconomics of sustainable agri-food systems
- stakeholders’ motivations
- quality food schemes
- ethical concerns
- health concerns
- animal welfare
- geographical indications
- policy recommendations
- new paradigm of production
- conventional agri-food production system