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   ISSN (Print) 1126-1668 - ISSN (Online) 1972-4802
   Published by Edizioni Franco Angeli Homepage  [67 journals]
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      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
  • Consumer preferences for yogurt in Albania
    • Abstract: Edvin Zhllima, Drini Imami, Elvina Merkaj, Irma Qinami, Erdit Nesturi
      Yogurt is one of the main products of dairy industry in Albania. The dairy sector is considered a priority sector by the government in the context of agriculture and rural development given also the large number of farmers and other actors who are part of this value chain. This study assesses consumer preferences for yogurt in urban areas of Tirana, Albania with special focus on food safety related certification. The paper applies conjoint choice analysis based on a face-to-face survey with 250 consumers. According to the findings, consumers prefer domestic yogurt with low fat content and with food safety certification. The results of this study provide valuable market information to dairy value chain actors and policymakers, related to yogurt market development including food product safety (and quality) certification.
      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
  • How to implement new educational campaigns against food waste: An analysis
           of best practices in European Countries
    • Abstract: Rosa Maria Fanelli, Angela Di Nocera
      Food waste is a global problem and action is needed to reduce it. Each year food worth billions of dollars is wasted by the developed economies of the world. When food is wasted, the problem does not end at the point of disposal. More than 95% of food waste ends up in landfill sites, where it is converted into methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses by anaerobic digestion. The implications of food waste for climate change are catastrophic. This paper discusses how different stakeholders in several different countries address the prevention of edible food waste and its reuse. This analysis aims to contribute to a debate about which very little has been published, in particular concerning the best practices of different stakeholders at various levels. It also provides information not only for policy makers but also for other stakeholders (such as schools, entrepreneurs and, NGOs) who seek to implement new educational campaigns about food waste by providing consumers with a realistic perception of the problem. The analysis reveals that most of the preventative measures have up to this point been soft instruments such as awareness campaigns, round tables, networks and information platforms. From the point of view of consumers, the problem of food waste can be tackled through improved communication, more efficient food packaging and better interpretation of food labels. This paper reports specifically on the most significant types of intervention and focuses on awareness campaigns, information and education. It concludes that sustainable solutions to the reduction of food waste in Europe must include multistakeholder collaboration, especially public-private partnerships, at the global level.
      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
  • Consumer attitudes towards organic food in the Western Balkans - the case
           of Albania
    • Abstract: Drini Imami, Engjell Skreli, Edvin Zhllima, Catherine Chanb
      Despite the organic food sector production and market potential organic farming is weakly developed in Albania. The sector faces several constraints related to legislation, institutional and private sector capacities. A major challenge for the development of the organic food demand for organic food in Albania is the limited awareness of Albanian consumers regarding organic products. This paper provides insights into consumer awareness and preferences concerning organic food, applying descriptive and segmentation analysis based on a structured survey conducted in Tirana, Albania. According to the study results, there is an overall strong preference for organic food, as organic food is perceived to be safer and healthier compared to conventionally produced food, while environmental considerations of how organic food is grown are not as important in consumers’ view. Despite this overall preference for organic food, most consumers have limited understanding about organic food which should be addressed with awareness campaigns by the private sector and policy makers.
      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
  • Social farming and the recent national regulation: An exploratory survey
    • Abstract: Davide D’Angelo, Saverio Senni
      The second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been gradually broadening its objectives including, in the 2014-20 programming period, a specific concern for social inclusion. In this perspective social farming (SF) is emerging as an innovative activity within multifunctional agriculture, that provides new approaches to challenge social exclusion both in rural and urban areas. Italy is recognized as a country where SF has a long history and is developing rather rapidly. As well as being the culmination of a debate that took place in several regions, in the proceding years, regarding the social function of agricultural practices, the recent national law (No. 141/2015) on SF was also powerful factor for further increase of the sector. Yet, statistical knowledge on the topic is still fragmentary and uncomplete. The main scope of the article is to contribute to an understanding of the profiles of initiatives already underway, with a specific focus on its relations with the new legal framework that, for the first time, sets boundaries and definitions. The paper begins with a short overview of social farming in Italy, highlighting the main elements concerning the recent national regulation. Subsequently, it presents the main results from a national survey that took in farms, enterprises and other bodies currently involved in SF practices. Data from 123 respondents to an online questionnaire are presented in a descriptive way and processed through a multivariate method in order to aggregate them into homogeneous clusters. Specific attention is paid to the fitting of the respondents to the official definition of SF practices and actors established by Law No. 141/2015. The results reveal a wide variety of SF practices, together with a shared rather small productive, occupational and economic size. With reference to form a more reliable and complete picture the implementing multifunctional agriculture the national regulation, only 53% of the respondents fully fits with the law definition and requirements. To form a more reliable and complete picture the implementing decrees of the national law, not yet issued, should be considered as well as their transposition into the various regional legislations.
      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
  • The impact of emotional intelligence of consumers when purchasing products
           with nutritional claims
    • Abstract: Belinda López-Galán, Tiziana de-Magistris, Vincenzina Caputo
      Our study assesses the influence of Emotional Intelligence of purchase decision of food with nutritional claims. We used the Consumer Emotional Intelligence Scale (ceis) to evaluate emotional abilities and we included a latent class model to assess its influenced on the purchase decision of potato chips. We found that in part of the sample purchase decision regarding food was influenced by their emotional intelligence ability. Our study expands on the relationship of EI and the food choices of consumers and shows how this relationship is heterogeneous across consumers.
      PubDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2017 8:00:00 GMT
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