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Saudade management

Exactly a year ago I went on training exchange program to the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I spent my time at the Faculty of Economics and its Postgraduate Program in Rural Development (PGDR) under supervision of Prof. Sergio Schneider who is currently Professor of Rural Sociology and […]

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Sardinia`s Blue Economy

When it comes to inspiring speakers Gunter Pauli is one of the people who manage to combine science, business, sustainability, and ethics; all in one presentation talking about new way of thinking about economy. At the end of last year I had the opportunity to attend his public lecture at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on the theory […]

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Made in Italy for Albert Heijn

The winter has arrived in the Netherlands and the country`s largest supermarket chain Albert Heijn has dedicated a special promotion of Italian winter cuisine to celebrate this season. A nice TV commercial has been launched in which the iconic employee of ‘Alberto’ Heijn is sourcing the best products to be brought back home for their Dutch consumers in a typical […]

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Consiglio del cibo di Cisanello: the first Italian Food Policy Council

Last Friday, on the 6th of December, something very innovative on the Italian foodscape saw the light. Around the same table about 15 people sat together to talk about how they imagine the food future in the borough where they all live, work and eat:  Cisanello, in the city of Pisa. As one would imagine […]

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Food, politics and propaganda in Ukraine

Food is politics, as prof. Tim Lang likes to remind us throughout his works. Personally I am not always happy with this fact but I have to admit that food is everywhere, both literally and figuratively speaking, when it comes to the current protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. In her blog post, Zoya […]

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International Workshop in Urban Food Strategies

Next Week in Porto Alegre, Practioners, researchers and public agents interested in sustainable food prosumption will explore the Opportunities and challenges for feeding the cities and the countryside in the Brazilian contexts. As one of the results of the PUREFOOD intercontinental cooperation the Rural Development Program of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, […]

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Living without waste

 ‘Vivere a spreco zero’ can be freely translated as living without waste and is the title of a recent book written by  prof. Andrea Segre. This year, which is almost over, has been announced as the year of fight against food waste  in Italy. As part of the public campaign prof. Segre and the Italian […]

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Linking food chains at the final Foodlinks conference

One of the main issues during group discussion of my working group, at the final Foodlinks conference, was whether big business and Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) could co-operate. Why should the food industry and the retail sector be interested in the developments that take place at a niche level? From the round of discussion […]

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Starting up rural innovation

As cliché, as it might sound but agriculture is a contrast between tradition and constant innovation. Internet and its online resources provide new opportunities in the form of numerous web tools that can be applied to agriculture and food production. These tools allow inhabitants of the rural areas to design new scenarios for rural development […]

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Opening up innovation model of agriculture

During the 4th Agrosym symposium in Sarajevo (Bosnia) my colleague Vanessa Malandrin and I presented a working paper on new ways of breeding in the organic cereal supply chain. We tried to analyze the agro-ecological approach of participatory plant breeding through the lens of open innovation. The organic Pratini farm, located in Tuscany, allowed us […]

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