Grass Root Collective Action for Territorially Integrated Food Supply Chains: A Case Study from Tuscany

Gianluca Stefani, Ginevra Virginia Lombardi, Donato Romano, Leonardo Cei


The literature on environmental policy shows that institutional arrangements are key factors in designing effective environmental policies. Grass root collective action has been advocated as a possible solution for the provision of agro-environmental public goods. Building on this literature, we present a case study using a well-established theoretical framework emphasizing the role played by collective action in maintaining high quality production in a context of severe information asymmetries. We observed that several already known collective action features can be found in this successful experience. Maintaining such form of co-operation would help the chain to face the future challenges of the agricultural sector.


Collective action; wheat landraces; alternative food networks

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