Impact of information and communication technologies in agroecological cooperativism in Catalonia

Espelt, R., Peña-López, I., Miralbell, O., Martín, T. & Vega, N. (2019). The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Agroecological Cooperativism in Catalonia. Agricultural Economics. ISSN: 1805-9295. Retrieved from: https://www.agriculturejournals.cz/web/agricecon.htm?type=article&id=171_2018-AGRICECON

ABSTRACT: In Catalonia, agroecological cooperativism is part of a set of alternatives that appeared as a response to the current hegemonic food consumption model, controlled by large commercial establishments. It is defined by its promotion of short food supply chains (SFSCs), operates under the values of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and holds a strong political commitment. This article, on the one hand, studies the setup of agroecological cooperativism understood as the outcome of a network of producers, intermediaries and consumers and, on the other hand, examines the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the development of this consumption model. The data has been obtained through on-site interviews and online research on the 56 consumer groups and cooperatives present in Barcelona. Descriptive statistics and correlation analysis have been used to study them. The results prove the salient role that ICT has as a facilitator in the relational network established between the agents that take part in it, thus becoming a key characteristic element of the new agroecological consumer cooperativism.

agroecological cooperativism; inter-cooperation; ICT; network society