Special Issue "Actor-oriented Research for Food Systems Redesign in Agroecological Perspective"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 7620
Interests: agroecology; organic farming; food system redesign; ecological weed management; participatory action research
Specialized, intensive agriculture, despite generally high productivity, has generated a variety of drawbacks for the environment and public health. These standardization trends reduce farmers’ ability to design tailored farming systems and the consequent optimization of local resource use. Moreover, current patterns of food production, distribution, and consumption are regarded as unable to fairly distribute added-value produce by agricultural activities and as destructive to natural resources and livelihoods in rural areas. If ecological, economic, and social sustainability is to be achieved, there is a need for urgent reform, moving away from the globally standardized approach of the current agriculture, toward a process of redesigning of food systems, driving into an effective change, from the local to the global scale. Due to the strong interdependence between production and consumption, this objective can be achieved by rethinking the role of all the actors of the agricultural sector (from producers to consumers) through transdisciplinary, participatory, and change-oriented research and action (agroecological approach). Actor-oriented, integrative, and participatory approaches of research could, therefore, be fundamental pillars to promote dynamic and properly oriented innovation processes. Organic farming, guaranteeing the respect of its fundamental principles of health, ecology, fairness, and care, represents the right context for actor-oriented research by incorporating agroecology into organic research, as the engine to promote food system sustainability.
In this Special Issue, we will explore specific ways in which actor-oriented research contributes to organic food system redesign toward sustainability. We seek contributions that accomplish this by focusing on the connections between different actors through action-research strategies as far as participatory multi-criteria analysis. We will also consider how consumer awareness strategies may affect the food system redesign, through a shift in consumption choices guided by the respect of the sustainable development of the local and global community.
Dr. Corrado Ciaccia
Dr. Fabio Tittarelli
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- Participatory action research (PAR)
- multi-criteria assessment
- food system redesign
- local food system
- consumer awareness
- food citizenship
- food governance