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Relational patterns in the short food supply chains initiatives in the city of Rome: clusters, networks, organisational models

Ortolani, L., Grando, S., Cucco, I.

Short title: Short food supply chains in Rome

Urban agricultural practices contribute to strengthen the interaction of urban and periurban green space systems with local citizen’s life, with a specific focus on human health. The production of ecosystem services by local farmers and the interest for urban agriculture has increased in Rome in the last 10-15 years, involving a high number of citizens. Following a network approach, the aim of this paper is to test blockmodelling as a tool to identify dynamics and innovative organizational models developed in Rome city region thanks to continuous interactions among short food chain actors, citizens and local administration. The blockmodelling identifies three clusters of actors with similar patterns of relations at the city region level. The interpretation of the clusters is integrated by a qualitative survey developed with the specific actors. The network analysis proves to be an interesting tool to explore agro-food dynamics in different city regions.

Ortolani, L.Università di Roma Tre, Facoltà di Economia, Via Silvio d'Amico 77, 00155 Roma. Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB), Largo Dino Frisullo snc 00156 Roma. l.ortolani@aiab.it

Grando, S. Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica (AIAB), Largo Dino Frisullo snc 00156 Roma. Laboratorio di studi "Sismondi", CP. 52, Ufficio Postale Pisa Centro, 56125, Pisa

Cucco, I. Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant'Angelo, Via Cintia 21, 80126 Napoli

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. V (Special 1): 35-48, 2014
Copyright © 2014 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2014.ESP1.04