Alternative Agrifood Networks as Learning Communities: Some Issues for a Classification Model

Salvatore Ammirato, Marco Della Gala, Antonio Palmiro Volpentesta

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Recently, Alternative Agrifood Networks (AAFNs) are emerged in many countries in order to overcome limits of mainstream capital-intensive agribusiness system. Producers and consumers are brought together in different organizational forms depending on socio-economic characteristics of the reference territories. In this paper we introduce an original model to classify current worldwide AAFNs under a knowledge and learning perspective. Different organizational forms are mapped along two main dimensions: relationship types among networked groups of actors and their level of interaction/collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems, E-learning, and Knowledge Management Research
Subtitle of host publication4th World Summit on the Knowledge Society, WSKS 2011. Communications in Computer and Information Science
EditorsM.D. Lytras, D. Ruan, R.D. Tennyson , P. Ordonez De Pablos, F.J. García Peñalvo, L. Rusu
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-35879-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-35878-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Alternative Agrifood Network
  • Learning Communities
  • Classification model


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