S. Franco, B. Pancino, V. Cristofori
The Italian hazelnut industry shows remarkable differences in the various areas of production and therefore it is difficult to analyse it according to a national perspective. It seems more useful to investigate hazelnut production from a local perspective, both for analysis and programming aims.
In accordance with this local perspective, the agricultural district represents the key factor in defining the local systems in which the national hazelnut production takes place. Moreover, the agricultural district helps design the tools those areas need to maintain and enhance their characteristics, highlighting the elements which qualify hazelnuts not only as food, but as part of the history, the traditions and the culture of a specific territory as well.
In this contribution, these aspects are discussed making reference to one of the main Italian areas of production, that is to say the Monti Cimini area. Firstly, we focused on the nature of the district, then on the diversity which can be encountered within it, by highlighting the implications that such diversity determines in reference to possible avenues of local development.
Franco, S., Pancino, B. and Cristofori, V. (2014). HAZELNUT PRODUCTION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN ITALY. Acta Hortic. 1052, 347-352
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1052.48
agro-industrial districts, socio-economic environment, rural economies, hazelnut sector, Monti Cimini

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