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circular economy and its governance in Dutch agri-food greenhouse horticulture

Ngirubiu, Isaac I. (2023) circular economy and its governance in Dutch agri-food greenhouse horticulture.

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Abstract:Circular Economy (CE) promotes sustainable production and consumption and circularity in the greenhouse sector is important for the perceived global food security goals to be attained. The Netherlands, a major greenhouse food exporter, has made significant investments in greenhouse horticulture, but has not yet achieved sufficient systematic understanding of CE governance in the sector. Despite individual greenhouses achieving circularity, it is not replicated in municipalities, provincial regions, and countrywide. This paper compares approaches implemented by different stakeholders in line with CE principles and evaluates the contextual governance using the Governance assessment tool (GAT), which considers multi-layered and multi-actor governance regimes. Results show that the Dutch agri-food greenhouse sector has achieved high production per square meter and incorporated CE principles in their business models. However, circularity is only achieved at a micro level due to current legislation. The governance context supports circular practices, but some elements are moderate to restrictive. Increased awareness of sustainable production and consumption is important, but a wider understanding of circularity is needed, as well as the politics and economics behind it. Consensus on circularity's meaning is crucial for aligning environmental and economic goals, ensuring food security, and achieving sustainable production.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 48 agricultural science, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
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