Sustainable Rural Development and Agri-Food Systems—2nd Edition

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Economics, Policies and Rural Management".

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Interests: conventional agriculture; organic farming; consumption of organic products; agricultural systems; agry-food systems
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Department of Economic Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: value chain; agri-food supply chains; agribusiness; rural development; sustainable development; rural tourism; agricultural economy; cluster; tourism management; entrepreneurship
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Dear Colleagues,

This interdisciplinary Special Issue encompasses a comprehensive approach to fostering lasting, balanced growth in rural communities while concurrently addressing the intricacies of food production, distribution, and consumption.

Sustainable rural development seeks to create resilient communities by implementing practices that balance economic, social, and environmental dimensions. This involves promoting agricultural methods that minimize negative ecological impacts, fostering social inclusivity, and ensuring economic viability for rural populations.

Agri-food systems, on the other hand, encompass the entire food supply chain, from production and processing to distribution and consumption. Achieving sustainability within these systems involves optimizing resource use, reducing waste, and promoting equitable access to nutritious food. It also addresses the resilience of food production in the face of environmental challenges, economic fluctuations, and societal changes.

The intersection of sustainable rural development and agri-food systems is crucial for achieving holistic and enduring progress. Moreover, it recognizes the interconnectedness of rural areas and their role in shaping a sustainable and equitable future for both local communities and the broader world. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in this field collaborate to develop innovative strategies that promote the well-being of rural populations while safeguarding the planet's resources and ensuring a resilient and secure food supply.

Dr. Camelia F. Oroian
Prof. Dr. Horațiu Felix Arion
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Keywords

  • sustainable rural development
  • agri-food systems
  • interdisciplinarity
  • social inclusivity
  • food supply chain

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Conceptualization and Potential of Agritourism in Extremadura (Spain) from the Perspective of Tourism Demand
by José Manuel Sánchez-Martín, Rebeca Guillén-Peñafiel, Paloma Flores-García and María José García-Berzosa
Agriculture 2024, 14(5), 716; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture14050716 - 30 Apr 2024
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The current literature considers agritourism as a valid option for promoting the development of rural areas. This would be achieved by increasing agricultural incomes. However, numerous scientific studies have revealed the difficulty in reaching a consensus on the very concept of agritourism. In [...] Read more.
The current literature considers agritourism as a valid option for promoting the development of rural areas. This would be achieved by increasing agricultural incomes. However, numerous scientific studies have revealed the difficulty in reaching a consensus on the very concept of agritourism. In addition, the definition of agritourism is rarely related to the opinion of the demand. For this reason, this research aimed to understand the idea that tourists have about this variety. To this end, more than 500 surveys were carried out, from which the tourists’ conception of agritourism and the activities it entails were deduced. Other questions were also analyzed to determine whether the conception varies between those who have already performed this type of activity and those who have not yet had the opportunity to do so. From this, we can deduct the interest that visitors have in agritourism products, evidencing their potential. This interest is deduced through the visualization of different landscapes and activities of interest to tourists. Under these four central points, the aim was to understand the aims of agritourism in Extremadura (Spain). At the methodological level, a combination of descriptive statistics and spatial statistics was used, highlighting the use of cluster analysis. The results show a significant lack of knowledge of the meaning of agritourism, especially among those who have never practiced it, and of the activities associated with it. At the same time, the selection of landscapes preferred by tourists makes it possible to establish areas with potential for the development of these activities. Likewise, knowing which activities are of interest to tourists also helps to generate complementary activities and to better target the design of agrotourism products. Full article
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