Sustainable post-crisis food systems: Lessons learned from the Portuguese experience

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The central argument of the present paper is that Urban Agriculture in Portugal is a growing field that has been largely expanding as a result of the effects of the 2008 socio-economic crisis. In addition to a fair number of allotments promoted by some municipalities and institutions, a significant number of short food chains initiatives that share in common the values of the social and solidarity economy are consolidating in a post-crisis scenario, despite the lack of a most needed facilitating public policy. Such initiatives are paving the way to shift from Urban Agriculture as an answer to the effects of the crisis, in the European peripheries, towards a full fledge postcrisis emergent sector.
In summary those innovative initiatives can contribute to establish positive bridges to re-search and exchange on how public policies could contribute to building better food systems in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventMaking, Measuring, and Rethinking Sustainable Food Systems: for PhD Students and Young Professionals from the AESOP "Sustainable Food Planning" - Berlim, Germany
Duration: 23 Mar 201724 Mar 2017


WorkshopMaking, Measuring, and Rethinking Sustainable Food Systems


  • Urban Agriculture
  • Crisis
  • Short Food Chains
  • Portugal
  • Urban Agriculture in Europe Preferred session: Rethinking sustainable food systems


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