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Title: A local landscape in transition between production and consumption goals: new management arrangements and new challenges for governance.
Authors: Pinto-Correia, Teresa
Gonzalez, Carla
Keywords: Production
Consumption
Transition
Governance
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Citation: Pinto-Correia T. Gonzalez C. 2013. A local landscape in transition between production and consumption goals: new management arrangements and new challenges for governance. Oral communication: IALE European Congress: Changing European Landscapes: Landscape ecology, local to global. 9-12 September 2013. Manchester.
Abstract: Around all towns in the Alentejo region, the landscape is dominated by an agricultural mosaic, where small scale farming dominates, composed of olive groves combined with pastures, fruit orchards, and vegetable gardens, in the most fertile and water abundant soils. This is a totally different pattern then the large scale landscape of the extensive silvo-pastoral systems in the latifundia that normally is associated with the region. It is not the most know, but it is the landscape where people live or see in their everyday life. These small scale farm units have increasingly lost their importance as production units over the last decades, even if farming has been maintained by aging local population. In the last two decades, these parcels became extremely attractive for new comers, who settle in the rural context as lifestyle farmers, or simply as new residents (permanent or week-end houses). These new comers have higher economic possibilities, often rebuilding the houses and investing in the land. They search for a new life quality. Farming and the production of food have been loosing their importance – but it is increasing again, due to the raising demand for local and quality food products and the difficult economic situation of many families. As farming is concerned, new arrangements emerge: the new owners may be able to keep farming, often with new or reshaped production objectives, markets and models; they may search for associated older farmers in the area who support them with their knowledge and with this maintain the traditional farm systems; or they may let others, new comers or locals, use their land. The mixture of the different trends calls for new management arrangements, where the traditional cooperation and neighbour relations are reshaped. These new arrangements are emerging but still need to be strengthened and acknowledged by authorities and policies, so they can unfold.
URI: http://www.iale2013.eu/local-landscape-transition-between-production-and-consumption-goals-new-management-arrangements-and
http://hdl.handle.net/10174/10237
Type: lecture
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PAO - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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