Rural Development and the Construction of New Markets – newly published book

Rural Development and the Construction of New Markets,  edited by Paul Hebinck, Sergio Schneider and Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, has just been published in the Routledge ISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods.  The book can be purchased here.

This book focuses on empirical experiences related to market development, and specifically new markets with structurally different characteristics than mainstream markets. Europe, Brazil, China and the rather robust and complex African experiences are covered to provide a rich multidisciplinary and multi-level analysis of the dynamics of newly emerging markets.

Rural Development and the Construction of New Markets analyses newly constructed markets as nested markets. Although they are specific market segments that are nested in the wider commodity markets for food, they have a different nature, different dynamics, a different redistribution of value added, different prices and different relations between producers and consumers. Nested markets embody distinction viz-a-viz the general markets in which they are embedded. A key aspect of nested markets is that these are constructed in and through social struggles, which in turn positions this book in relation to classic and new institutional economic analyses of markets. These markets emerge as steadily growing parts of the farmer populations are dedicating their time, energy and resources to the design and production of new goods and services that differ from conventional agricultural outputs. The speed and intensity with which this is taking place, and the products and services involved, vary considerably across the world. In large parts of the South, notably Africa, farmers are ‘structurally’ combining farming with other activities. By contrast, in Europe and large parts of Latin America farmers have taken steps to generate new products and services which exist alongside ongoing agricultural production. This book not only discusses the economic rationales and dynamics for these markets, but also their likely futures and the threats and opportunities they face.

Table of Contents: 1.The construction of new, nested markets and the role of development policies 2. Newly emerging, nested markets: a theoretical introduction 3. The construction of nested markets 4. Family farming, institutional markets and innovations in public policy in Brazil 5. Self-labelling, certification and alternative marketing networks in Brazil 6. Rural tourism in China and the construction of new markets 7. Multi-level rural governance performances and the unfolding of nested rural markets in Europe 8. Smallholder irrigators and fresh produce street traders in Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, South Africa 9. Beyond land transfers: the dynamics of socially driven markets emerging from Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme 10. In the shadow of global markets for fish in Lake Victoria Tanzania 11. Reconsidering the contribution of nested markets to rural development.




We don’t need big corporations to feed the world – small farmers supply Dar es Salaam with food

By Marc Wegerif. PhD Candidate, Rural Sociology Group Wageningen University, carrying out research on food provisioning in Dar es Salaam.

I am happy to share a recently published paper: “Exploring Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning: The Case of Eggs in Dar es Salaam”  Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3747-3779; doi:10.3390/su6063747.

The paper examines food provisioning in Dar es Salaam through a focus on the egg trade and finds that there are existing, non-corporate, patterns of food provisioning that can sustainably meet the needs of eaters in this city of over 4million people. Below I explain why this is important.

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Farm Experience Internship 2014

Dirk Roep:

At weblog for more information on FEI and learn how the participate.

Originally posted on FarmExperienceInternship:

Summer is coming and so it’s time to go outside! Join us!

After a big success previous year, we are organising again the FEI, Farm Experience Internship, an amazing 3ECTS summer course from the Wageningen University which intends to bring together theoretical knowledge from (non-)students with practical skills and knowledge from farmers. Are you interested in growing your own food, discovering local knowledge and practices on organic farms in the Netherlands? Do you want to learn about permaculture, agroecology, food sovereignty and sustainable food systems? Or would you like to interact and discuss with farmers to find creative, innovative ways of farming? Join the FEI from 5-27 August 2014! Send a mail to

Are you having the idea that milk comes from a factory and tomatoes grow underground? No worries, everyone can join – because you will be prepared during the first week, full of lectures, workshops, debates and excursions!

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Ede in kaart – uitwerking visie rond thema ‘Sociaal en Gezond’ door studenten WU

Een groep studenten heeft in kader van ‘Academic Consultancy Training’ een opdracht uitgewerkt voor de gemeente Ede. Afgelopen vrijdagochtend is dat aan de gemeente gepresenteerd en in de middag ook aan onze leerstoelgroep op zorgboerderij Makandra in Ede. Hieronder de Samenvatting. Voor meer informatie:

Ede strategie

Samenvatting De gemeente Ede heeft in 2014 de visie ‘Ede, de Proeftuin voor Food’ opgesteld. Voor het uitdragen van deze visie is een samenwerkingsverband aangegaan dat bestaat uit de gemeente Ede, het NISB, de academische werkplaats AGORA en de Alliantie Voeding Gelderse Vallei. Het opstartende karakter van het samenwerkingsverband vraagt om een eerste stap in het concretiseren van de voedselvisie. Naar aanleiding daarvan is een projectteam vanuit de Wageningen University ingeschakeld. Het doel van het eindresultaat is een aanzet te geven voor de invulling van de strategische agenda voor het realiseren van de visie ‘Ede, de Proeftuin voor Food’ op het thema ‘Sociaal en Gezond’.

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Farm Experience Internship 2014 – video clip

As announced before the Farm Experience Internship (FEI) will be organized for the second time this summer. A clip has been of previous year’s FEI. ILEIA is one of the supporting partners and offers more information the FEI at their website.



From corporate control to food democracy – Food Otherwise video

Watch the video recorded during the 2014 Food Otherwise conference in Wageningen University, Netherlands. Interviews with activist Vandana Shiva, prof. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and coordinator Europe for Via Campesina Hanny van Geel. See for more information on the conference.

Farming Experience Internship 2014

Based on last year’s success a Farming Experience Internship is organized again for 2014, August 5-27. See the Facebook Farm Experience Internship for more information or contact

The Rural Sociology Group and Farming Systems Ecology Group of Wageningen University support the FEI. Wageningen University Students can obtain 3 ects they, in addtion to the FEI, hand in personal evaluation and reflection report.






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