LANDRACES IN SICILIAN PERI-URBAN HORTICULTURE: A PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO BRASSICA PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Sicilian peri-urban vegetable farms are characterized by a rich biodiversity of vegetable crops and a very important relevance, especially in the inland areas of the Island, assuming different forms and types of vegetable Brassica species, which play a significant role in agronomic, economic and social terms. Our work focuses on the Cavolfiore Violetto Catanese (Violet cauliflower) and on the Cavolo Rapa di Acireale (Kohlrabi) grown in Eastern Sicily. The investigated products constitute traditional varieties, highly-differentiated and traditionally grown in the area of production, with peculiar characteristics due to the specific link with environmental and cultural characteristics of territory. The study preceded by a preliminary analysis on economic and geographic context examines, through a swot analysis, the strengths, the weaknesses, the opportunities and threats of two types of horticultural landraces traditionally located in peri-urban areas. It also suggests some chance for a market development of these products and tries to identify some strategies in order to increase the spread of traditional products in local consumer markets.
Timpanaro, G., Di Vita , G., Foti, V.T. and Branca, F. (2013). LANDRACES IN SICILIAN PERI-URBAN HORTICULTURE: A PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO BRASSICA PRODUCTION SYSTEM. Acta Hortic. 1005, 213-220
traditional varieties, local agricultural biodiversity, production and marketing systems, relationship system, swot analysis