Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Opportunities in Direct Agri-Food Chains

Abstract : In direct agri-food chains (DAFCs), farmers and consumers are brought together with the aim of shortening, localizing and synergizing an agri-food chain. As food moves from the farm to the fork, all the economic activities are performed by farmers/producers or consumers, and none intermediary is required to handle an agri-food product before it is consumed. Any DAFC form provide a sort of liminal space for social learning and for local lay knowledge exchange, through face-to-face interactions. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between face-to-face interaction attributes and the learning opportunity domain of DAFCs that exhibit a same basic form. Our study is mainly based on qualitative data obtained from case studies reported in literature, field observations and informal interviews to various DAFC actors.
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Antonio Volpentesta, Salvatore Ammirato, Marco Della Gala. Knowledge Exchange and Social Learning Opportunities in Direct Agri-Food Chains. 13th Working Confeence on Virtual Enterpries (PROVE), Oct 2012, Bournemouth, United Kingdom. pp.340-348, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-32775-9_35⟩. ⟨hal-01520467⟩

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