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State Support in Brazil for a Local Turn to Food

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Matei, Ana and Swagemakers, Paul and Domínguez García, María Dolores and da Silva, Leonardo and Ventura, Flaminia and Milone, Pierluigi (2017) State Support in Brazil for a Local Turn to Food. Agriculture, 7 (1). p. 5. ISSN 2077-0472

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture7010005




Abstract

The local turn to food is often claimed to be a way to increase the value-added component retained by primary producers and to provide healthy, fresh and affordable food to consumers. Rio do Grande do Sul in Brazil has several governmental support programs that aim to empower family farmers and open up new market opportunities for them. This article examines these programs, investigates how small-scale farmers engage with them and the resultant changes in farming and marketing practices that ensue. The article uses cluster and content analysis to identify and interpret the extent, and the different ways, in which these farmers engage with and make use of the local knowledge and innovation system. The results provide useful insights into how policy instruments improve the performance of family agribusinesses, helping them to make better use of the resources available to them, encouraging farm diversification, and strengthening local interrelations between producers and consumers.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Farm diversity; public programs and policies; regional development; rural entrepreneurship
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Economic development
Social sciences > Economics > Economic geography
Humanities > Geography > Regional geography
ID Code:63223
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 12:41
Last Modified:30 Nov 2020 12:41

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