Short Food Supply Chains as Mechanisms of Durable and Sustainable Development. The Tourist Area of Târgu-Neamț

The gastronomy is often one of the strongest motivations and attractions in the economy and culture of visitation. At the same time, the gastronomic tourism provides one of the key opportunities for direct interaction of tourists with agroalimentary producers, local gastronomic events or the agroalimentary markets in the areas visited. In these terms the gastronomic tourism functions as a developmental pole of the short food supply chains which boosts the collaboration between tourist operators and local producers. To meet the tourist demand of culinary exploration and discovery, the local economic agents – either farmers or owners of guesthouses, are virtually forced to cooperate and complete each other.

The present study aims to analyze this economic mechanism in Târgu-Neamț tourist area by taking into account the particular advantages of this geographic area (cultural, historic and natural heritage) and also its drawbacks mainly represented by the local producers’lack of access to a proper outlet market capable of providing real development possibilities.

One of the potential solutions which could truly contribute to the sustainable development of the area is creating mutually beneficial partnerships based on a durable and just cooperation between the local agroalimentary producers and the tourist operators.

Keywords: short food supply chains, gastronomic tourism, rural tourism, Târgu-Neamț tourist area, local producers, durable local development l

JEL: Q13, Q11, O13, O16, O18, M31, L83

AUTHORS: Lucian Tanasă, Codrin Dinu Vasiliu, Ioan Sebastian Brumă, Sebastian Doboș

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