Innovation for sustainability: Small farmers facing new challenges in the evolving food systems Vol: 25

Gianluca Brunori
University of Pisa, Italy

Stefano Grando
University of Pisa, Italy

Product Details
29 Jul 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
232 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in Rural Sociology and Development
Small farms represent important components of food systems and rural areas, as sources of occupation and livelihood, factors of socio-economic diversity, cradles of grass-roots innovation and experimentation. Their capacity to adapt and to contribute positively to societal challenges depends on the strategies they can develop and their ability to innovate. The book provides an in-depth exploration of the determinants, dynamics and outcomes of rural and agricultural change processes, with a special focus on the role of small and family farming. Covering both the system and the farm level of analysis, the authors offer a comprehensive view of approaches and models capable to grasp different complementary aspects of the development trajectories followed by farms, food systems and territories facing multi-dimensional drivers of change and exposed to a range of vulnerability factors. The emerging characters and roles of innovation networks and social learning, as well as the decision-making processes at the farm level are explored in particular depth, with attention to the multi-dimensional societal expectations vis-à-vis agriculture, small farms and rural areas, with specific attention to food and nutrition security concerns.
Chapter 1. Small farming and the food system; Stefano Grando, Gianluca Brunori, Teresa Pinto-Correia, Lee-Ann Sutherland;
Chapter 2. Small farming and food and nutrition security; Gianluca Brunori, Tessa Avermaete, Fabio Bartolini, Natalia Brzezina, Stefano Grando, Terry Marsden, Erik Mathijs, Ana Moragues-Faus, Roberta Sonnino;
Chapter 3. Unpacking food systems; Gianluca Brunori, Tessa Avermaete, Fabio Bartolini, Natalia Brzezina, Terry Marsden, Erik Mathijs, Ana Moragues-Faus, Roberta Sonnino;
Chapter 4. The vulnerability of food systems; Gianluca Brunori, Tessa Avermaete, Fabio Bartolini, Natalia Brzezina, Terry Marsden, Erik Mathijs, Ana Moragues-Faus, Roberta Sonnino;
Chapter 5. Food systems as assemblages; Gianluca Brunori,Francesca Galli, Stefano Grando; 
Chapter 6. Small farms' behavior: conditions, strategies,performances; Stefano Grando, Fabio Bartolini, Isabelle Bonjean, Gianluca Brunori, Erik Mathijs, Paolo Prosperi, Daniele Vergamini;
Chapter 7. Small farms and innovation; Gianluca Brunori, Jet Proost, Sigrid Rand;
Chapter 8. Innovation policies for sustainable, resilient, food secure systems; Gianluca Brunori, Jet Proost, Sigrid Rand
Gianluca Brunor studied Agricultural Science at University of Pisa. Recruited as research officer in 1986, in 1999 he became Associate Professor at University of Trieste. He is Full Professor of Food Policy, Bioeconomy and Wine Marketing at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Pisa. He has 30 years of experience in Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and Food Policy, participating as Principal Investigator to several European Projects, in two of them (TRUC and GLAMUR) as scientific coordinator. He has been President of the Research Committee 'Sociology of Agriculture and Food' of the International Sociology Association, vice-president of the European Society of Rural Sociology, Chief Editor of the journal Rivista di Economia Agraria and he is editor in chief of the journal Agriculture and Food Economics. He is the chair of the experts' group of the 5th Foresight Exercise for the EU's Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR).

Stefano Grando
holds a degree in Economics at 'La Sapienza' University of Rome, a MSc in European Regional Development at the Cardiff University and a PhD in Agrarian Economics at the University of Basilicata. He has worked in several EU-funded projects with the Universities of Rome & 'La Sapienz' Federico II of Naples and with the University of Pisa. He also worked in the field of monitoring and evaluation of EU-funded regional programmes. Currently he works for the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies in the agriculture and bioeconomy policy coordination area, and he is research fellow at the University of Pisa. On behalf of the Mipaaft he is deputy delegate to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR). He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and he is co-author of two books. His research fields include: rural development, rural sociology, food studies, agricultural and bioeconomy policy.

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