Alternative Agrifood Networks as Learning Communities: Some Issues for a Classification Model

  • Salvatore Ammirato
  • Marco Della Gala
  • Antonio P. Volpentesta
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 278)


Recently, Alternative Agrifood Networks (AAFNs) are emerged in many countries in order to overcome limits of mainstream capital-intensive agribusiness system. Producers and consumers are brought together in different organizational forms depending on socio-economic characteristics of the reference territories. In this paper we introduce an original model to classify current worldwide AAFNs under a knowledge and learning perspective. Different organizational forms are mapped along two main dimensions: relationship types among networked groups of actors and their level of interaction/collaboration.


Alternative Agrifood Network Learning Communities Classification model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Ammirato
    • 1
  • Marco Della Gala
    • 1
  • Antonio P. Volpentesta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electronics, Computer Science and SystemsUniversity of CalabriaRendeItaly

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