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Disentangling the diversity of small farms’ business models in Euro‐Mediterranean contexts: a resilience perspective

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Abstract

With growing concern for the unsustainability of food systems, the international research community has turned its attention to small farms as key actors to potentially face the global food crisis. This study aims to support a policy design that values the diversity of small farms business models vis-à-vis environmental, economic, social, and institutional challenges affecting European farming systems. Building on the existing classification of five small farm types in the EU, our analysis targets the business model dynamics of small farms in four Euro-Mediterranean countries: Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. For this analysis, we applied resilience thinking to the Business Model Canvas framework. This innovative conceptual framework allows us to depict the architecture of small farms business models and their role in farming systems. The diversity of small farms business models and their continuous adaptation to changing conditions allows for the identification of a strongly heterogeneous assemblage of farms that contribute to the resilience of food systems at local, regional, and multiple other scales.
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hal-03832933 , version 1 (28-10-2022)

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Paolo Prosperi, Francesca Galli, Olga Moreno-Pérez, Yuna Chiffoleau, Stefano Grando, et al.. Disentangling the diversity of small farms’ business models in Euro‐Mediterranean contexts: a resilience perspective. Sociologia Ruralis, In press, ⟨10.1111/soru.12407⟩. ⟨hal-03832933⟩
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