Social return and economic viability of social farming in catalonia: A case-study analysis

Antoni F. Tulla, Ana Vera, Natàlia Valldeperas, Carles Guirado

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    Abstract

    © 2018 Antoni F. Tulla et al., published by Sciendo. In Europe, Social Farming (SF) and agritourism are multifunctional agriculture activities that arise when agricultural land is abandoned in rural and peri-urban areas; it is difficult to develop commercial agriculture if it is not intensive. In our research, we studied SF in Catalonia, carrying out a census and classification of 161 initiatives and a more in-depth analysis of 10 projects (or 9 in some cases), identifying their viability and the economic, social, and environmental return on investment (SROI) for the resources used in each case. The methodology included questionnaires, in-depth interviews, and Canvas and SROI analyses. Although SF has developed in many European countries, it is incipient in the Iberian Peninsula. The projects in Catalonia combine agrarian activity, socio-health care and social policies, with the aim of offering innovative solutions to the needs of different groups at risk of social exclusion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)398-428
    JournalEuropean Countryside
    Volume10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

    Keywords

    • Canvas
    • Catalonia
    • Ecological agriculture
    • Multifunctional agriculture
    • Periurban areas
    • Social exclusion
    • Social farming
    • Social return of investment (sroi)

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