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Building diverse, distributive and territorialized agri-food economies to deliver sustainability and food security

Moragues-Faus, Ana, Marsden, Terry ORCID:, Alderová, Barbora and Hausmanová, Tereza 2020. Building diverse, distributive and territorialized agri-food economies to deliver sustainability and food security. Economic Geography 96 (3) , pp. 219-243. 10.1080/00130095.2020.1749047

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This paper seeks to understand how agri-food economies can address current sustainability and food security challenges in the context of increasing economic and health inequalities. For that purpose, we cross-fertilize economic geography and food studies literature to develop an innovative conceptual framework that builds upon three currently fragmented bodies of work: the diverse economies literature, the distributed economies framework, and territorial and place-based approaches to food security. The proposed diverse, distributive and territorial framework further develops existing relational, performative and spatial approaches to explore changing economic geographies of agri-food systems. The application of this framework to investigate fruit and vegetable provision in the city of Cardiff (UK) reveals the key role of connective, fluid and multi-functional infrastructures to reconfigure foodscapes. Specifically, our analysis shows how food infrastructures have the potential to act as bridging conceptual, material and socio-political devices. The proposed framework ultimately serves as a capacity building tool to re-assess and rebuild territorialized agri-food economies which champion diversity and redistribution of value with the aim of delivering wide societal and material benefits, enhance democracy and increase the socio-ecological resilience of food systems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0013-0095
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 March 2020
Date of Acceptance: 28 February 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 03:02

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