New markets, new values :July 2013 Edition of Farming Matters

New markets, new values

Many social processes are seeking to rebuild, revitalise and diversify market circuits in a way that promotes a more equitable distribution of the wealth generated through agriculture.

This issue of Farming Matters presents a small sample of the many experiences promoted by both producers and consumers. These experiences generate substantial employment, and also build local food security and food sovereignty. Yet they are often overlooked by policymakers and mainstream development experts who view them as “niche” initiatives, supposedly irrelevant for larger development processes. There is work for researchers here: by analysing and quantifying their impact, they can help policymakers see the real strengths of localisation.

Farming Matters | 29.2 | June 2013

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