Henk Renting

Henk Renting
RUAF Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) · -

MSc Rural Sociology, MSc Environmental Sciences

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Additional affiliations
January 2013 - present
RUAF Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security)
Position
  • Senior Programme Officer
January 2010 - present
International University of Andalucia, Baeza / University of Córdoba / University Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla
Position
  • Visiting Professor Master Agroecology
January 2009 - April 2013
Sustainable Food & Farming Research
Position
  • Independent researcher & consultant

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Publications (109)
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This paper offers a critical assessment of the value and utility of the evolving City Region Food Systems (CRFS) approach to improve our insights into flows of resources—food, waste, people, and knowledge—from rural to peri-urban to urban and back again, and the policies and process needed to enable sustainability. This paper reflects on (1) CRFS m...
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In the context of growing urbanisation, urban poverty, and climate change impacts, the importance of urban food security and urban food systems is increasingly recognised by both local and national governments, as well as international actors. There is also a growing understanding that urban development and food systems cannot be decoupled from rur...
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Small-scale bottom-up urban agriculture (UA) initiatives have a large potential to improve the quality of life in cities through their impact on ecological and social processes. However, it is unclear which criteria determine their successful establishment and continuity. We assessed these criteria for 29 projects in the Netherlands and Switzerland...
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UA Magazine no. 30 - Rural urban linkages This issue of Farming Matters and Urban Agriculture Magazine is a co-production between ILEIA and RUAF Foundation. Farming Matters 31.1 meets Urban Agriculture Magazine 30! This joint initiative enabled us to share unique expertise and perspectives. RUAF draws from grounded experiences in urban agriculture...
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This issuehighlights innovations in urban agriculture. Innovation and the various forms of innovations are of particular importance because urban agriculture is adapted to specific urban challenges and opportunities. Innovation is taking place continuously, exploring the multiple fundions of urban agriculture, including food security, income genera...
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First paragraphs: The combined challenges of food insecurity, agriculture-related environmental decline, corporate concentration, and the decline of community resilience are being met by growing societal interest in developing more just and sustainable food systems. A recent emphasis on cooperation and innovative forms of collective action within...
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The chapter explores the linkages between farming systems and agri-food chains in a territorial development context. Lock-in effects within the current agri-food system are analysed through a socio-historical analysis. Then the experiences of emergent, still relatively small-scale, alternative food networks are assessed in terms of their transforma...
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In recent years new types of consumer–producer cooperation in food networks have emerged in which consumers play an active role in the operation and thereby clearly go beyond food provisioning as such. Examples include con-sumer co-ops and solidarity buying groups of local and organic food, community-supported agriculture and collective urban garde...
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La configuración actual de los sistemas agroalimentarios y la evolución de las características de la demanda de alimentos han motivado en los últimos años la proliferación, en diferentes países, de un conjunto de estrategias que representan una búsqueda de alternativas a las formas más extendidas de producción, distribución y consumo. Asociaciones...
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The chapter explores the linkages between farming systems and agri-food chains in a territorial development context. Lock-in effects within the current agri-food system are analysed through a socio-historical analysis. Then the experiences of emergent, still relatively small-scale, alternative food networks are assessed in terms of their transforma...
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Collective action by farmers has played an important role in the history of European agriculture. During the twentieth century, the foundation of agricultural marketing co-operatives contributed in many countries to better market access, increased farm incomes and rural employment. However, European agriculture is facing a range of new challenges n...
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Collective action by farmers has played an important role in the history of European agriculture. During the twentieth century, the foundation of agri-cultural marketing co-operatives contributed in many countries to better market access, increased farm incomes and rural employment. However, European agri-culture is facing a range of new challenges...
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In the last decade the multifunctional agriculture (MFA) concept has emerged as a key notion in scientific and policy debates on the future of agriculture and rural development. Broadly speaking, MFA refers to the fact that agricultural activity beyond its role of producing food and fibre may also have several other functions such as renewable natu...
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Linked with the growing power of retailers, European farmers have gradually lost control over supply chains. The resulting pressure on producer prices and the decline in policy support underpin the need for collective action among farmers. Co-operative initiatives in production, processing, and marketing are established in order to improve market a...
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This paper builds on the outcomes of a state-of-the-art review of research for the European research project MULTAGRI, with a particular focus on the conceptualisation of Multifunctional Agriculture (MFA) from a 'supply side' perspective. It argues that a consistent and satisfactory conceptual framework for studying the supply of MFA at farm and te...
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Intensively managed agricultural areas in North-Western Europe have been undergoing a shift from solely production oriented use to provision of multiple services and functions. Design and assessment of multifunctional agricultural landscapes could be supported by exploration of trade-offs between financial returns from agriculture, landscape qualit...
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The conceptualisation of multifunctional agriculture in Dutch policy and research has to be understood within the specific Dutch context and can be related to different perspectives on agriculture and the rural area. In the past, the modernisation perspective dominated agriculture and rural area for decennia. The growing volume and intensity of pro...
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The current debate on the future of Spain's rural development areas is polarised between a majority who favour the development of a strong modernised competitive agriculture as the basis of a prosperous countryside, and those in favour of a diversified rural economy built on an agro-ecological approach to sustainable natural resource use. This chap...
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A definition of the multifunctionality of agriculture is adopted that relates to new farm-related activities and new markets. The activities are interpreted as an expression of new relations between agriculture and society, city and countryside. By mobilising new revenues and finding new forms of cost reduction, the activities represent new answers...
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The modernization paradigm, which for many decades dominated agricultural practices, policies and science, is gradually being replaced by a rural development paradigm. The emerging rural development paradigm calls, amongst other things, for a new approach to policy-making, steering and control, in other words, for a new approach to rural governance...
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In this paper we explore the development and incidence of alternative food networks within a European-wide context. By developing a consistent definition of short food supply chains, we address both the morphology and the dynamics of these, and then examine empirical evidence concerning their incidence and rural development impact across seven EU m...
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Regional diversity, diversified farming styles and endogenous development are hot issues in the current political debate on European agriculture. This article presents a historical overview of development experiences and elaborates on the emergence of environmental co-operatives in Dutch farming. They are unique ‘field laboratories’ for innovations...
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An important implication of agricultural modernization has been the break-down of interlinkages between farming, ecology and society. Historically, farming systems evolved from the specific responses of farming communities to local ecological conditions. The totality of regionalized farming systems arising out of this co-production moulded the coun...
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Developing a more widespread diffusion of sustainable agricultural practices as part of progressing rural sustainable development is being hampered by different modes of environmental social thought. This introduction to this special issue on Reconstituting of nature through rural development practices argues for a realignment of social theory and...
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An important implication of agricultural modernization has been the breakdown of interlinkages between farming, ecology and society. Historically, farming systems evolved from the specific responses of farming communities to local ecological conditions. The totality of regionalized farming systems arising out of this co-production moulded the count...
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Both in practice and policy a new model of rural development is emerging. This paper reflects the discussions in the impact research programme and suggests that at the level of associated theory also a fundamental shift is taking place. The modernization paradigm that once dominated policy, practice and theory is being replaced by a new rural devel...
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Rural development practices are found throughout Europe and cover a wide range of different types of activity. At first sight there does not seem to be much similarity between these different practices. This paper presents the results of a comparative analysis of some 30 cases of rural development from the different tracts of European countryside s...
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The aim of this paper is to try and outline the complexity of rural development processes that specifically relate to the phenomenon of multifunctionality. ‘Multifunctionality schemes’ are introduced as a means for visualizing the complex interrelationships in rural development processes and to ‘map’ the functional relationships and specific reconf...
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Within the European Union, Ireland is one of the countries that has a very high number of farms where the farm operator and/or spouse works outside the family farm. The role of off-farm employment in the viability of Irish farm households is central to both farming and the sustainability of rural communities. This article examines the importance of...