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An inventory of emerging innovation project in belgium, Typical and traditional products: rural effect and agro-industrial problems, Parma – Italy ,

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  • Business & Economic Sciences :: Multidisciplinary
  • General & Others [B99]
  • Sciences économiques & De Gestion :: Multidisciplinaire
  • Généralités & Autres [B99]
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  • Agricultural Science
  • Economics
  • Political Science

Abstract

Microsoft Word - 970616 belgium overview6.doc 1 52nd Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists PARMA, 19-21 June 1997 EU typical and Traditional Productions: Rural Effect and Agro-industrial Programme An inventory of emerging innoviation projects in Belgian agriculture (*) G. Van Huylenbroeck1, I. Verhaegen1, E. Collet2, M. Mormont2, P. Stassart3 and J. Vannoppen3 1. Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Gent - Coupure Links, 653 - 9000 Gent, Belgium 2. Unité de Sociologie de l’Environnement, University Foundation of the province of Luxembourg - Avenue de Longwy, 185 - 6700 Arlon, Belgium 3. Department of Participative Research, COOPIBO vzw - Naamsesteenweg, 573 - 3001 Leuven, Belgium ABSTRACT This paper describes an inventory of collective innovation initiatives in Belgian agriculture. The inventory contains collective actions of both producers and consumers mainly for the installation of new market chanels, but also for the provision of new services and the promotion of regional products. It is demonstrated that all these initiatives emerge from the same logics: restoration of the confidence in production systems and product quality, maintenance and protection of natural resources and struggle against the marginalisation of farm labor and less favoured areas. All initiatives experiment with new forms of economic relations in which principles such as equality, democratic participation and reciprocity between producers and consumers at the local level are important. It is therefore argued that these initiatives fit in a broader movement of a “new social economy”. (*) The following text presents research results of the Belgian “Programme of Forward Social and Economic Research” initiated by the Belgian State - Prime Minister’s Office - Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs. The authors assume full scientific responsibility. 2 Introd

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