Vol. 72 No. 1 (2017)
Saggi e Ricerche

Drivers of on-farm diversification in the Italian peri-urban agriculture

Roberto Henke
Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis-Policies and Bioeconomy Centre
Francesco Vanni
Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis-Policies and Bioeconomy Centre
Published November 15, 2017
Keywords
  • peri-urban agriculture,
  • peri-urban land use,
  • post-productivism,
  • on-farm diversification,
  • multifunctionality
How to Cite
Henke, R., & Vanni, F. (2017). Drivers of on-farm diversification in the Italian peri-urban agriculture. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 72(1), 79-100. https://doi.org/10.13128/REA-21965

Abstract

During the last decade peri-urban agriculture has been deeply investigated not only from an economic perspective, but also for its important impact on land use as well as on environmental and social dynamics. Building on the recent literature, the paper looks at the multifunctional role of peri-urban agriculture in Italy through a comparative analysis of a number of farms located within the main Italian urban poles. The analysis sheds light on both the internal and external drivers of farmers’ decision-making process about income diversification towards multifunctional activities. The article shows that, in the post productivist paradigm of multifunctional agriculture, peri-urban farms can play a pivotal role in a sustainable land use and enhancing the entrepreneurs’ behaviour in providing a broad variety of social and economic services to the urban population.

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