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Slow Food's Presidia: What do Small Producers do with Big Retailers?

Between the Local and the Global

ISBN: 978-0-76231-317-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-417-1

Publication date: 19 September 2006


The paper deals with the transformation of local agrofood systems, in the context of the turn to “the economy of qualities” and the rural development paradigm. We will discuss a case study from Italy, specifically an agreement between Slow Food and Coop Italia concerning the Ark of Taste's Presidia, aiming at the protection of typical products and food traditions.

The agreement is analysed as a change of strategy, implying a transformation of the local agrofood system from “local production for local consumers” to “local production for distant consumers”. The change is substantial and implies a restructuring of the entire local food network.


Fonte, M. (2006), "Slow Food's Presidia: What do Small Producers do with Big Retailers?", Marsden, T. and Jonathan Murdoch†, J. (Ed.) Between the Local and the Global (Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 203-240.



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