Contribution of transition theory to the study of geographical indications

Belmin Raphaël, Casabianca François, Meynard Jean-Marc. 2018. Contribution of transition theory to the study of geographical indications. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 27 : pp. 32-47.

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Quartile : Outlier, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Abstract : The green revolution and globalization have profoundly transformed agri-food systems, leading to standardized food products of diminished taste quality. Geographical Indications (GIs) have emerged as powerful regulatory tools for sustaining alternative quality models. In this paper, we analyze GIs as governance tools for “terroir niches”, viewed as sociotechnical systems whose functioning is influenced by specific resources. Building on this framework, we study the reconfiguration of the Corsican clementine production area under a recent Geographical Indication. We show that the innovation trajectory was driven by specific resources (climate, with-leaf marketing), leading to the emergence of a niche that conflicted with the rules of the citrus regime. The implementation of a GI in the early 2000s strengthened this endogenous innovation pathway since it gave the niche renewed protection and prompted systemic changes. These results open prospects for cross-fertilization between GI studies and the Multi-Level Perspective on sustainability transitions.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Clémentine, Citrus reticulata, Qualité des aliments, Flaveur, Adoption de l'innovation, Système de production

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Corse, France

Mots-clés complémentaires : Indication géographique, Terroir

Mots-clés libres : Sociotechnical system, Citrus, Terroir, Strategic Niche Management, Resource, Agriculture

Classification Agris : Q01 - Food science and technology - General aspects
E16 - Production economics
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 3 (2014-2018) - Alimentation durable

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Belmin Raphaël, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR HortSys (SEN) ORCID: 0000-0003-4036-7205 - auteur correspondant
  • Casabianca François, INRA (FRA)
  • Meynard Jean-Marc, INRA (FRA)

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