Alternative Food Networks (AFNs): Determinants for consumer and farmer participation in Lombardy, Italy

https://doi.org/10.17221/230/2018-AGRICECONCitation:Corsi S., Mazzocchi C. (2019): Alternative Food Networks (AFNs): Determinants for consumer and farmer participation in Lombardy, Italy. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 65: 259-269.
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Scaling up supply chains in the interest of cost-effectiveness has led to an increasing disconnection between producers and consumers in today’s globalised food system. This paper assesses the agricultural and territorial drivers that influence the development of Alternative Food Networks (AFNs), where consumers and producers act together, by implementing an Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression. The analysis was carried out at a municipal scale in Lombardy, in northern Italy. The territorial characteristics of the local areas were less important in explaining the level of consumer and producer participation in the alternative food networks, rather than the specific factors related to the agricultural sector.

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