Gianluca Brunori

Gianluca Brunori
Università di Pisa | UNIPI · Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE)

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Introduction
I am full professor of Food Policy and Bioeconomy at Pisa University, department of Agriculture, Food and Environment. My research activities focus on rural development strategies, marketing of local food and sustainability of food systems. I have carried out research in several European projects, in two of them as scientific coordinator. Since 2009 I have been expert for the European Commission for agricultural research policies.
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January 2000 - present
Università di Pisa
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  • Professor (Full)

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Publications (226)
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This study aimed to analyze whether the formation of the "˜Cacau Sul Bahia' Network promoted social innovation in southern Bahia, Brazil. Data were collected through participant observation, document analysis, and semi-structured interviews with 8 institutions and 10 cocoa producers who are members of the Cacau Sul Bahia Association (CSBA). Social...
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Illegal logging is a global problem associated with deforestation, climate change, and biodiversity loss with significant negative economic, environmental, and social impacts. In response to this phenomenon, European Union has enacted the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) that imposes economic operators to exercise due diligence thanks to traceabil...
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This paper addresses the way microfinance programs affect food security, which is compiled based on a literature review of a total of 58 pieces of literature, from 1995 to 2020. Its paper sheds light on microfinance in rural areas in Indonesia, microfinance and food security, and critics related to microfinance programs based on a literature review...
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Effective interfaces of knowledge and policy are critical for food system transformation. Here, an expert group assembled to explore research needs towards a safe and just food system put forward principles to guide relations between society, science, knowledge, policy and politics.
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SHERPA H2020 Project - Details on the SHERPA MAPs at https://rural-interfaces.eu/maps/italy-tuscany/
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This study analyzes the Sekayam subdistrict’s local food system and local food security. Based on an analysis of local food vendor interviews, this research sheds light on the local food system based on five food groups modified from seven food groups of household dietary diversity scale measurement, according to the local condition. The stages of...
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Food systems are evolving to support sustainable food security. In this chapter, we aim at discussing the role that digital technologies play, especially those with the potential to provoke deep changes. The ongoing revolution in this field has given birth to the so-called Agrifood 4.0. Our interest lies also in the impact of digital technologies i...
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[Context] The domain of rural areas, including rural communities, agriculture, and forestry, is going through a process of deep digital transformation. Digitalisation can have positive impacts on sustainability in terms of greater environmental control, and community prosperity. At the same time, it can also have disruptive effects, with the margin...
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This paper addresses the implementation of the Kawasan Mandiri Pangan (KMP) program, a microfinance program for farmer groups, assessing whether the program affects farmers’ decisions concerning production, marketing, and consumption or not, and its impacts on household food security along three dimensions: food availability, food access, and food...
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The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a health crisis and repetitive lockdowns that disrupted different economic and societal segments. As the world has placed hope on the vaccination progress to bring back the socio-economic “normal,” this article explores how the bioeconomy can enhance the resilience and sustainability of bio-based, f...
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The anticipated failure of many countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 necessitates the assessment of science–policy engagement mechanisms for food systems transformation. We explore options for enhancing existing partnerships, mandates and resources — or reimagining a new mission — for science–policy interfaces.
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European small-scale fisheries are confronted with several challenges, notably a decrease in the number of people engaged in capture fishing, growing competition from less expensive extra-EU markets, rising operational costs, strict regulations and the depletion of fishing stocks. Many small-scale fishers must adapt to change to maintain or increas...
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This work addresses the implementation of the Kawasan Mandiri Pangan (KMP) programme as amicrofinance programme for farmer groups, whether the programme affects farmers' decisions of production,marketing, and consumption or not, and its impacts on household food security along three dimensions: foodavailability, food access, and food utilisation. B...
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This work addresses PUPM programme implementation and its contribution to local food security. Based on aqualitative method analysis derives from the farmer, agricultural extension worker, and management of TokoTani Indonesia (TTI) interviews, this research sheds light on the local rice farming condition, the efficiency ofTTI in the rice supply cha...
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The 4th Global Food Security conference highlighted four major developments: the shift from food security to food systems; a focus on diets and consumption patterns; the importance of unknown futures and inherent uncertainties and risks; and the central role of multi-level connections between local-and global-oriented research. These shifts highlig...
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This research addresses the interaction between small family farms and middleman and its relation to food security. Based on a qualitative method analysis derives from farmer and intermediaries interviews, this research sheds light on four types of middleman in this area: conventional middleman, rice middleman, banana middleman, and rubber middlema...
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COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented global crisis, the increasing recessions in many countries and related trade uncertainties are affecting the whole wine sector, from production to distribution, sales, and consumption. While the full recovery is still uncertain, and even worse scenarios are possible if it takes longer to bring back trust and...
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Digital technologies are often seen as an opportunity to enable sustainable futures in agriculture and rural areas. However, this digital transformation process is not inherently good as it impacts on many aspects (e.g. economic, environmental, social, technological, institutional) and their relations. The responsible research and innovation approa...
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Recently, the interpretation of the innovation process has changed significantly. Its linear model has evolved to a dynamic and ongoing participatory approach where cooperation, oriented to generate co-ownership, is the essence to co-produce knowledge among multiple actors. Farmers’ direct participation in the process is widely accepted since they...
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The literature about digitalization in agriculture and rural areas is vast and sectorial at the same time. Both international political institutions and practitioners are interested in promoting digital technology, indicating and describing potential benefits and risks. Meanwhile, academics analyze the actual and possible impacts of digital technol...
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Existing research suggests that regions can develop their long-term competitive advantage through well-functioning interregional innovation cooperation. In this article, we use the example of innovation in small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises (SMEs) to scrutinise and compare regional innovation approaches on each side of the Dutch-German bo...
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Three key transitions leading to a “safe and just” operating space, with a focus on food systems, emerged during the development of a Foresight study promoted by SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research1): (a) sustainable and healthy diets for all; (b) full circularity in the use of resources; (c) diversity as a key component of stable sys...
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Social innovation and high-quality agricultural systems are important for rural development. However, there is little information on methods for measuring the process and outcome of social innovation, particularly at the regional level. This study aimed to answer the research question: Which social innovation metrics can be applied to analyze rural...
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This paper is the outcome of a reflection on the MIP report 2020, a collection of information and data used to describe the scenario on youth innovation and entrepreneurship in agrifood sector in Mediterranean countries. In particular, it highlights the need to study innovation in Mediterranean regions under the lens of social and institutional inn...
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Small family farms have been defined in many ways, from farmland holder threshold to many other factors such as labor, asset, and resource. They are key for maintaining nutritional diversity with higher land productivity and diversity of production. They contribute to addressing key challenges related to equity, poverty, and employment, such as bet...
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The 'Piana del Cibo' is the project through which five municipalities within the Lucca Plain (Capannori, Lucca, Altopascio, Porcari and Villa Basilica) have committed to sharing the development of a food policy with the local community. In this area, which has long been rich in terms of initiatives and projects on sustainable food practices, the pa...
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The sharing of farm data is a delicate topic, not only for farmers but also for agtech businesses and researchers. In order to find out how farmers, researchers agtech companies envision the data sharing future, including the conditions for their trust in data sharing, we organized a series of focus groups involving farmers, tech-providers and rese...
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This study is a systematic review of literature on the impact of international migration on rural areas. We examined this impact on six rural welfare indicators, including labour, livelihood activities, income, food security, land use, and rural development. We selected 44 papers from a pool of 1544 articles published from 2007 to 2018. We found th...
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Despite a longstanding literature on small farm-households, there is limited consideration of small farms’ role in food and nutrition security (FNS) at territorial level. The purpose of this study is to provide insights about how small farms contribute to FNS at different territorial scales, by focusing on farmers' strategies and consequential FNS...
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In view of climate change, mass migration and resource scarcity, cities have started to interrogate themselves about the capacity to cope with future catastrophes. It is now clear that the way to cope with them cannot be found without a careful study of urban–rural links. An improved understanding of those interconnections would also contribute to...
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We explore the farmers' perception of how different external drivers of changes in farming activities could lead to sustainability practices among wine producers. The general assumption is that regulatory and market forces can change the production strategies of wine producers, which could eventually lead to the adoption of sustainability practices...
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COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented global crisis, the increasing recessions in many countries and related trade uncertainties are affecting the whole wine sector, from production to distribution, sales, and consumption. While the full recovery is still uncertain, and even worse scenarios are possible if it takes longer to bring back trust and...
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We explore the farmers' perception of how different external drivers of changes in farming activities could lead to sustainability practices among wine producers. The general assumption is that regulatory and market forces can change the production strategies of wine producers, which could eventually lead to the adoption of sustainability practices...
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This chapter forms the land case study for Italy. As with all empirical chapters it explores several key themes in relation to food charity in Italy: • the history of food charity in the national context and the relationship between the welfare state and charities; • the nature of and drivers behind contemporary food charity provision; • key change...
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As the demand for food banks and other emergency food charities continues to rise across the continent, this is the first systematic Europe-wide study of the roots and consequences of this urgent phenomenon. Leading researchers provide case studies from the UK, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, each considering the histo...
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Farm structure is a multi-dimensional concept that can be measured through different criteria. Meanwhile, farm structure has been identified to discern small farms or well-endowed farms from the other farms. Distinguishing and identifying these two groups have practical implications for understanding the dynamics in rural areas and the effectivenes...
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A new food policy coherent with the goal of achieving sustainable food systems implies changing visions and radically revising the understanding of the system on which agricultural and food-related policies act. This paper identifies and discusses policy processes that contribute to sustainable food systems in Europe. Based on a conceptual framewor...
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This chapter explores how the role of food charity has evolved in the Italian context over the last decade or so as a consequence of rising levels of (food) poverty, which were further exacerbated by the economic crisis and austerity measures. To this end, this chapter provides an overview of the key features of the Italian welfare system, traditio...
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Life cycle assessment is a widespread method for measuring and monitoring the environmental impacts of production processes, thereby allowing the comparison of business-as-usual with more ecological scenarios. Life cycle assessment research can support evidence-based policy making by comparing and communicating the environmental impacts of agricult...
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2019): Small farms' strategies between self-provision and socioeconomic integration: effects on food system capacity to provide food and nutrition security, Local Environment, ABSTRACT Small farms' contribution to food and nutrition security (FNS) is widely acknowledged; however, the diversity of context-specific characteristics of small farms is s...
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In a traditional wine region such as Tuscany (Italy), the wine production is perceived by several industry players as weak and fragmented because it is mainly managed by small and medium-sized wineries that have limited market power compared to large companies and distributors. In this paper, we hypothesise that this problem was influenced - in a p...
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This article discusses the economic dimensions of agroecological farming systems in Europe. It firstly theoretically elaborates the reasons why, and under what conditions, agroecological farming systems have the potential to produce higher incomes than farms that follow the conventional logic. This theoretical exposition is then followed by a prese...
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The contradictions between food poverty affecting a large section of the global population and the everyday wastage of food, particularly in high income countries, have raised significant academic and public attention. All actors in the food chain have a role to play in food waste prevention and reduction, including farmers, food manufacturers and...
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This paper extends arguments about the potential for reflexive governance in agri-food sustainability by linking food ethics to the notion of ‘unintended consequences’ and ‘responsibilisation’. Analysis of sustainable consumption governance shows the way authorities and intermediaries use food waste reduction projects to ‘responsibilise’ the consum...
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This Symposium contributes to a theoretical and methodological discussion on the role of ethics and responsibility in the governance of agri-food systems, as drivers for transitions towards sustainability. The papers in the Symposium are the outcomes of a collective reflection that was initiated at the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) 20...
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Global warming is the immediate consequence of increased greenhouse gasses emission. Agriculture is a significant source in terms of greenhouse gasses emission and on the other hand, the main sector in terms of producing food. As global food demand grows, the share of agriculture in the total greenhouse gasses emission will rise too. Therefore, agr...
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Global warming is the immediate consequence of increased greenhouse gasses emission. Agriculture is a significant source in terms of greenhouse gasses emission and on the other hand, the main sector in terms of producing food. As global food demand grows, the share of agriculture in the total greenhouse gasses emission will rise too. Therefore, agr...
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The last decade has witnessed an increase in the number of malnourished people worldwide, and particularly of people suffering from overweight and obesity. Research has shown the link between diet quality and the under- lying food systems through the intermediation of the food environment. Specifically, a number of studies have analysed the role of...
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In pursuit of agricultural sustainability and food security, research should contribute to policy-making by providing scientifically robust evidence. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an excellent candidate for generating that evidence, thereby helping the selection of interventions towards more sustainable agri-food. The purpose of this article is pr...
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This paper presents an analysis of the diversification and non-productivist practices and strategies deployed by European small-scale fishers vis-à-vis contextual regulatory and market factors. Building on resilience thinking – combined with a qualitative case study approach involving primary producers and associated stakeholders – the strategies o...
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The increasing diversity of food networks and initiatives has given rise to a variety of analyses and approaches among which the literature on “Alternative Food Networks” (AFN) and the “quality turn” stand out for the role of European and more specifically French and Italian contributions and the richness of the debates between authors from differe...