Reterritorialisation of agricultural activities in land-use and food planning: Comparing the Netherlands and France

Tianzhu Liu*, Willem K. Korthals Altes, Romain Melot, Frédéric Wallet

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The reterritorialisation of agricultural activities (RAA) consists of reinforcing local food production and its diversification activities oriented toward local consumers. RAA helps shape the local food system, which is an increasingly studied topic in the planning field. However, institutional impacts on planning approaches for RAA remain unknown. This study examines this question by comparing land-use and food planning in Dutch and French cases, where France defines food planning via national law and the Netherlands does not. Through analysis of planning documents and semi-structured interviews, we identified planning goals and instruments, and analysed governance models. We then linked these three components to understand institutional impacts. Our empirical findings reveal that regarding planning policies on RAA, there are differences between the two countries in terms of focused action fields, planning instruments, and links between land-use and food planning. Our results show that the dominance of state-local relationships in France and civil society-government relationships in the Netherlands has a significant effect on planning approaches. This study supports the need for an emphasis on institutional design for effective planning for RAA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-972
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume32 (2024)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • farm diversification
  • farmland preservation
  • food policy
  • land-use regulations
  • local food system


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