The role of peri-urban agriculture in the pandemic era

Some case-studies compared in Italy

Keywords: Peri-urban agriculture, Landscape, Well-being


The relationship between agriculture, territory and the city has always been an object of interest for legislators due to the multiplicity of factors involved. In this paper some reflections are made on the new functions of peri-urban agriculture. The premise being that the rural landscape cannot be separated from the analysis of production factor needs. The control mechanisms of landscape variation, therefore, should take into account the main local features and the needs of the most recent phenomena. Often, however, the new land uses occurred through the progressive erosion of rural space from its original agricultural purposes. The logic behind this dismissing the loss of rural space in quantitative terms and, above all, in qualitative terms. The needs of the new panorama, which saw us forced to live with the pandemic that afflicted us in recent years, can, however, also be an interesting opportunity to improve agricultural development models, especially in suburban areas. This paper compares the opportunities offered by the European framework with its new tools and the local regional contexts that constitute the Italian panorama.


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Author Biography

Donatella Cialdea, Università degli Studi del Molise, Campobasso, Italy

Full Professor (Urban Planning) at the University of Molise since 1988. She is the Director of the Laboratory L.A.Co.S.T.A. (Laboratory for activities relating to Territorial and Environmental Development) at the University of Molise in order to prepare students and operators in the Geographical Information Systems field. Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2009 to 2012 and the Coordinator of the PhD Course in "Landscape Analysis and Valorisation". At present she is a Vice-President of the National Landscape Committee of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. She is also a Member of the Italian Steering Committee for River Contracts and a Member of the National Commission for the National Prize for River Contracts. She has been designed as the University of Molise Deputy for the UNISCAPE European Network of Universities (from 2015). She took part, as referee, for the publications of the ECLAS / UNISCAPE conference 2019. Professor Cialdea has been the Head and Principal Investigator of several International Scientific Projects funded by Competitive Calls at European and International levels, financed by the NPPA INTERREG/CARDSPHARE; by the INTERREG III A; by the Cooperlink International Project; by the National Council of Research C.N.R.) and of several National Scientific Projects funded by Competitive Calls at National level, financed by the National University Ministry and by the Molise Region, Italy. In leading up to these lines of research, Professor Cialdea has written extensively and critically about planning tools, management of spatial data, creation of metadata, creation and management of Geographical Information Systems, Web GIS of urban and extra-urban territory. Professor Cialdea has published 19 books and over two hundred refereed research papers about these and related topics.


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CialdeaD. (2023). The role of peri-urban agriculture in the pandemic era. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 16(2), 307-329.