Agri-Food systems and territorial development: innovations, new dynamics and changing governance mechanisms

  • Claire LamineEmail author
  • Henk Renting
  • Adanella Rossi
  • J. S. C. (Han) Wiskerke
  • Gianluca Brunori


The chapter explores the linkages between farming systems and agri-food chains in a territorial development context. Lock-in effects within the current agri-food system are analysed through a socio-historical analysis. Then the experiences of emergent, still relatively small-scale, alternative food networks are assessed in terms of their transformative potential to enable sustainable food systems at a larger scale. Finally, the analysis focuses on the transition processes of agri-food systems at the territorial scale and considers the changes needed in governance modes. The chapter underlines the interdependencies and possible complementarities between the various actors of agri-food systems from production to consumption, including intermediaries as well as public policies and civil society. It emphasizes the transition and governance aspects involved.


Civil Society Integrate Pest Management Governance Mechanism Common Agricultural Policy Community Support Agriculture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Lamine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Henk Renting
    • 2
    • 3
  • Adanella Rossi
    • 4
  • J. S. C. (Han) Wiskerke
    • 3
  • Gianluca Brunori
    • 4
  1. 1.INRA EcodéveloppementAvignonFrance
  2. 2.Master Territorial Rural DevelopmentUniversity of CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  3. 3.Rural Sociology GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Group of Rural EconomicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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