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Consumer Renaissance in Alternative Agri-Food Networks Between Collective Action and Co-Production

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dc.contributor.author Sacchi, Giovanna
dc.contributor.author Stefani, Gianluca
dc.contributor.author Romano, Donato
dc.contributor.author Nocella, Giuseppe
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-15T14:30:16Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-15T14:30:16Z
dc.date.issued 2022 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10823
dc.description.abstract "In recent years, a dramatic increase in Alternative Agri-Food Networks (AAFNs) has been interpreted by experts of the sector as triggered by innovative food supply chains capable to reconnect producers with consumers. Simultaneously, the worldwide growth of consumers’ initiatives towards AAFNs is reducing the distance with producers shortening the supply chain and enhancing its value added. Examples of these consumers’ experiences have been reported in Japan, Europe, the USA, and Canada, and differ according to the degree of participants’ commitment to the logistics and the management of the initiatives. In general terms, these experiences could represent instances of co-production practices involving thousands of citizens who are seeking quality, sustainable, healthy, and ethical products and services reducing the uncertainty of food credence attributes. In this framework, the overall objective of this paper is to contribute to the scanty literature on food associations and cooperatives co-producing private goods with citizens contributing to marketing services such as procurement, storage, pricing, and quality assurance. Specifically, the focus is on the experience of Camilla, a food consumption cooperative that recently established an outlet to stock and sell food and non-food quality goods in Bologna (Italy). Camilla is the first Italian experience of a shop self-managed by its customers - who are also the owners - who practice critical consumption by supplying organic products at fair and sustainable prices while promoting small local productions as well as Fair Trade products. A deep, participatory, and immersive ethnographic project was carried out between January and October 2019 to understand the functioning, the motivations and the drivers underpinning the process of citizens’ self-organisation in the domain of the food sector. Results provide useful insights on the way in which these innovative AAFNs are organised and on the reasons pushing people to join these initiatives. Key questions emerging from outcomes of the Camilla case study are discussed from an empirical and theoretical point of view." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject coproduction en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject consumption en_US
dc.subject.classification applied economics en_US
dc.title Consumer Renaissance in Alternative Agri-Food Networks Between Collective Action and Co-Production en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Italy en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Sustainable Production and Consumption en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 32 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 311-327 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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