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Exploring the contribution of alternative food networks to food security. A comparative analysis.

Cerrad-Serra, Pedro, Moragues Faus, Ana, Zwart, Tjitske Anna, Adlerova, Barbora and Ortiz-Miranda, Dionisio 2018. Exploring the contribution of alternative food networks to food security. A comparative analysis. Food Security 10 (6) , pp. 1371-1388. 10.1007/s12571-018-0860-x

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Food (in)security has become a challenge not only for developing economies but also for High Income Countries. In parallel, food scholars have actively investigated the contribution of alternative food networks (AFNs) to the development of more sustainable and just food systems, paying attention to drivers, initiatives and policies supporting the development of alternatives to the dominant industrialised food system and its detrimental environmental and socio-economic impacts. However, few studies have directly addressed the contribution of AFNs to food security in the Global North. This paper aims to establish new linkages between food security debates and critical AFNs literature. For that purpose, we conduct a place-based approach to food security in a comparative analysis of initiatives of three different European contexts: Cardiff city-region (UK), the Flemish Region (Belgium) and the peri-urban area of the city of Valencia (Spain). The results unfold: i) how AFNs weave a more localised socio-economic fabric that creates new relationships between food security outcomes and specific territories, ii) hybridization processes within alternative but also conventional systems and iii) the role of advocacy and collective action at different levels. The analysis allows identification of key elements on which food security debates hinge and provides new insights to ground conceptual discussions on territorial and place-based food security approaches.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1876-4517
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 October 2018
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2020 09:24

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