Participation to the PRO-VE 2017 Conference

logo_prove The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Marco Della Gala participated in PRO-VE2017 – 18th Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, which took place in Vicenza, Italy, from the 18th to 20th September.foto prove


Marco presented papers at two different sessions:

  1. “Collaboration in Food and Agribusiness Value Chain” where Marco presented a paper titled The Role of ICTs in Supporting Collaborative Networks in the Agro-food Sector: Two Case Studies from South West England written by Marco and Matt Reed.  

    Over recent years, in a wide range of countries, grassroots initiatives have emerged aimed at overcoming the limits of the mainstream agro-business system. These initiatives aim at improving farmers’ access to local and regional markets and consumers’ access to fresh local produce. Among these initiatives, Food Hubs have emerged as a promising way to improve local food supply systems. They represent collaborative networks of producers and consumers that aggregate, distribute, and market local food products. ICTs enable these collaborative networks by allowing information exchange among their actors and by providing collaborative tools that allow quick co-ordination between members of the network. The paper aims to analyse, through a multi-case study analysis, how the adoption of ICTs have fostered the development of new, “alternative” initiatives oriented at establishing local food networks and to reconnect producers and consumers. The study will present results from the analysis of two food-hub initiatives based in South West England, which are adopting informative systems to support their activities and to implement novel business models: Stroudco Food Hub and Dean Forest Food Hub.

  2. “Sustainability Improvements through Collaborative Networks”, in which Marco presented “Sustainable development for rural areas: a survey on the Agritourism Rural Networks”, a paper written by Ammirato, S., Felicetti, A. M., Della Gala, M., Frega, N. and Volpentesta, A. P. 

    The topic of sustainable growth is becoming central in the debate over the rural development policies. Rural communities can completely fulfil the new challenges in the area of sustainability only with the implementation of innovative forms of collaborations among their business networks. In this work, we consider a particular form of business collaboration arising within rural communities, namely Agritourism Rural Network (ARN). In an ARN, a farm, providing agritourism activities, represents a touchpoint between a network of business and organizations in a rural area and tourists interested in enjoying the local territory. With the aim to deeper the extend of the agritourism phenomenon in a rural region and the potential of the related ARNs in being means of sustainable development, we report main results of an empirical survey carried out in 2016 on a sample of 105 agritourism farms all belonging to the same region (Calabria, Italy). Results confirm our intuitions about the importance at farm level of setting agritourism activities and their impact for the ARN related to the farm and for the sustainable development of a local community as a whole.