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The role of public policies in promoting localized and sustainable agri-food systems: limits and potentials

Grant number: 17/04577-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2017
Effective date (End): June 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Rural Extension
Principal researcher:Ricardo Serra Borsatto
Grantee:Ricardo Serra Borsatto
Host: Miguel Angel Altieri
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências da Natureza (CCN). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Campus de Lagoa do Sino. Buri , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States  


Considering the limits of the world's dominant agrifood system, based on large and long agroindustrial chains, mediated by few and big international corporations and fomented by neoliberal public policies, presents in mitigating the problems of poverty and hunger mainly in developing countries, as well as their environmental and social impacts, new conceptions, experiences, and public policies have arisen by proposing the construction of more localized and sustainable agrifood systems. Based on this perspective, the present research project will seek to analyse the limits and potentials that these public policies have in promoting more localized agrifood systems, considering categories such as autonomy, locality, heritage and sustainability. Therefore, in addition to the accomplishment of an in-depth bibliographical review on the international literature that deals with the themes of this project, public policies that promote localized agrifood systems in both Brazil and the US will be identified and systematized. After this initial process, will be selected and delimited some networks established by the public policies studied, with the aim of understanding, at the local level, the agrifood systems that are being constituted by the policies incentive. Questionnaires will be applied and interviews will be conducted with the different actors involved in each network (farmers, managers of farmers' organizations, public managers, representatives of consumer institutions, among other possible agents to be identified). The aim of the research is to understand the role of these policies in promoting localized agrifood systems, identifying their limits and potentials.

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BORSATTO, RICARDO SERRA; SOUZA-ESQUERDO, VANILDE FERREIRA; DUVAL, HENRIQUE CARMONA; FRANCO, FERNANDO SILVEIRA; GRIGOLETTO, FABIO. Winning hearts and minds through a policy promoting the agroecological paradigm in universities. AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN VALUES, JUN 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BORSATTO, RICARDO SERRA; ALTIERI, MIGUEL A.; DUVAL, HENRIQUE CARMONA; PEREZ-CASSARINO, JULIAN. Public procurement as strategy to foster organic transition: insights from the Brazilian experience. RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS, v. 35, n. 6, p. 688-696, DEC 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BORSATTO, RICARDO SERRA; SOUZA-ESQUERDO, VANILDE F. MST's experience in leveraging agroecology in rural settlements: lessons, achievements, and challenges. AGROECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS, v. 43, n. 7-8, SI MAY 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
BEZERRA, LEILA PIRES; FRANCO, FERNANDO SILVEIRA; SOUZA-ESQUERDO, VANILDE F.; BORSATTO, RICARDO. Participatory construction in agroforestry systems in family farming: ways for the agroecological transition in Brazil. AGROECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS, v. 43, n. 2, p. 180-200, FEB 7 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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