19 July 2021 News

Arfini F., and Mancini M.C. (2019). Synergies between localized agri-food systems and short supply chains for geographical indications in Italy. In Kalfagianni A., Skordili S. (eds.), Localizing Global Food. Short Food Supply Chains as Responses to Agri-Food Systems Challenges, 104-120. Routledge, New York.

The aim of this chapter is to describe how the interactions between different models of local agri-food production systems can produce synergies that are able to meet new agri-food system challenges and consumer expectations. In particular, the short food supply chain (SFSC) of a product bearing a geographical indication (GI) and its relationship with a localized agri-food system (LAFS) is analyzed. The chapter consists of two parts. The first part presents the theoretical framework underpinning the relationships and synergies between LAFS and SFSCs. The second part presents a case study of Parmigiano-Reggiano (PR) cheese and explores the synergies between an SFSC of this cheese and the LAFS in which such an SFSC is embedded. SFSCs can be a model which meets the requirements of consumers while giving producers a sizable share of added value. However, the SFSC model is based on the specific nature of the product, the social environment and the organization of the supply chain.