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WW | 7th International Conference on Localized Agri-food Systems: Challenges for the new rurality in a changing world

 ARCHIVE: 08.05.16  

The European Research Group SYAL, the REDSIAL (Latin American Network on Localised Agri-food Systems) the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientist NJF, and Södertörn University welcomes you to the 7th conference on localized agri-food systems. The conference will be organized by Södertörn University, NJF, ERG SYAL and REDSIAL, and held in Stockholm the 8-10 of May 2016.

During the last decades, Localized agri-food systems (SYAL) have become increasingly important as tools for farmers, rural firms and consumers to meet market challenges and satisfy the rising demand for “food with a farmers face”. The potential contribution of localized agri-food systems to rural development by promoting economic development, social cohesion and counter-acting the demographic impact of agricultural modernization has also increased their political relevance. Previous research has addressed various aspects of the relationship between SYAL and geographical indications, as well as territorial, organizational and cultural issues, but there are still many unanswered questions and theoretical gaps to fill.

We welcome all topics related to the new rurality and localized agri-food systems.

The conference is conducted with financial and academic sponsorship from the Center for Baltic and Eastern European Studies CBEES, ENTER forum and Södertörn University.

WW | Localised Agro-Food Systems and Geographical Indications in the Face of Globalisation: the Case of Queso Chontaleño

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This study analyses a localised agro-food system producing Queso Chontaleño (QC) cheese in the Chontales Department in Nicaragua and the first effects of the Geographical Indication (GI) scheme which alters the power relations between the actors of the cheese-dairy sector within the framework of global dynamics. The first part focuses on systèmes agro-alimentaires localisés (SYAL), or localised agro-food systems, and it provides the theoretical background to the case study. The second part analyses the QC SYAL and its territorial and institutional context. It is found that GI introduces new competitive pressures that reinforce local elites at the expense of traditional QC actors and that the weak involvement of the State may prevent GIs from enhancing the development of territorialised agro-food systems. The conclusion is a recommendation to EU policymakers that promotion of GIs at the level of the WTO be accompanied by measures that can ensure stricter national legislations on GIs to protect local resources.

WW | The reinterpretation of the agri-food system and its spatial dynamics through the industrial district

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The reinterpretation of the agri-food system and its spatial dynamics through the industrial district

Th e industrial district theory has brought to the development economics the opportunity to interpret the economic change through places, where it actually is formed, as a result of the join action of the local and extra-local social, economic and institutional forces. Th is paper sets out to discuss the contribution that the industrial district theory can make to the debate on the spatial dynamics of agri-food systems in the age of globalisation. To this end, the fi rst part of the paper analyses the contribution of the industrial district approach in the relationship between industry and territory; the second part studies the evolution of the concept of the agri-food system and the main determinants of the spatial dynamics in modern agri food systems. Th is paper supports that the industrial district theory can shed a new light on the spatial dynamics of agri-food systems, and can off er an alternative to the mainstream approach. In using the local community as a unit of analysis, the ID theory gives a key role to human agents of production and their knowledge and the agri-food system can be seen as ‘a global network of places’, each place being specialized in a diff erent component of the system.

WW | Alternativas para el desarrollo territorial. Los Sistemas Agroalimentarios Localizados en México

Alternativas para el desarrollo territorial. Los Sistemas Agroalimentarios Localizados en México
 ARCHIVE: 03.10.12  

Existen múltiples factores que confluyen en el análisis de las temáticas del desarrollo territorial y la producción agroalimentaria. Aspectos transcendentales como la seguridad y soberanía alimentarias, la valorización de productos locales, el cuidado medioambiental, la multifuncionalidad de los territorios y las políticas de combate a la pobreza, cobran fuerza en los debates y estudios del mundo rural actual. El enfoque de los Sistemas Agroalimentarios Localizados (SIAL) permite un análisis plural de éstos y otros temas, ya que pone énfasis en las relaciones entre las personas, los productos y las instituciones, que permiten el funcionamiento de un territorio específico.

WW | Convocatoria I Congreso Virtual de la Red Sial Argentina 2012

Convocatoria I Congreso Virtual de la Red Sial Argentina 2012
 ARCHIVE: 29.06.12  

La idea surge a partir de la postergación del congreso internacional sobre enfoque Sial en Florianópolis, Brasil.

El objetivo es entonces posibilitar un intercambio entre los miembros de nuestra Red sobre los avances de la aplicación de este enfoque en proyectos de investigación-intervención.