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Applying the HEXACO Model of Personality to German Livestock Farmers: Item Scale Validation, Personality Structure and Influence on Participation in Livestock Certification Schemes

Iris Schröter & Marcus Mergenthaler
Decisions made by farmers have impacts beyond the farm boundary, because farmers are the first link in the food supply chain. For this reason, understanding their decision-making behaviour may be of interest to all stakeholders of food systems. Since there is considerable evidence that personality traits may affect decision-making behaviour, we investigated personality traits utilising the HEXACO model of personality in a sample of 244 German livestock farmers. Based on comparisons with data obtained from...

Agri-Food Value Chain Performance during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Empirical Study of Chu-mango Business Linkages in Dong Thap, Vietnam

Truong Hong Vo Tuan Kiet, Thoa Thi Kim Nguyen, Thoa Thi Kim Nguyen, Nguyen Thi Pham & Nguyen Thi Pham
This study aims to identify important factors that directly influence value chain performance (quality, responsiveness, flexibility and efficiency), which are explained by value chain integration (collaboration, commitment, coordination and joint decision-making) in the case of unexpected risk (the COVID-19 pandemic). This study contributes to maintaining the business linkage model among farmers – cooperatives – enterprises in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic and quickly recovering after the COVID-19 pandemic. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was used...

Analysis of Trade Patterns and Duration: Evidence from Food Industry in the OECD countries

Yung-Hsuan Lina, Pei-Yu Chi & Kuo-I Chang
This study conducts Kaplan-Meier survival estimates on food trade patterns among the OECD countries and explores whether different survival conditions exist in different t rade patterns of food sub-industries. By applying the extended Cox proportional hazard model, this study examines the effects of consumption on the survival rate for horizontal intra-industry trade pattern at the SITC four-digits level. Our findings show an important policy implication that the stability of horizontal intra-industry trade on the survival...

An Appraisal of Traceability Systems for Food Supply Chains in Colombia

Milton M. Herrera & Javier Orjuela-Castro
Traceability systems have improved significantly in the last few years in relation to safeguarding food safety and quality. Although traceability is considered to be an effective tool in supporting quality control, the adoption of different traceability systems along the supply chain can bring the drawback of information asymmetry, which affects inventory management. This paper explores adoption alternatives that may facilitate the blend of traceability technologies in the food industry of developing countries. The analysis is...

Value Chain Upgrading through Producer Organisations: Linking Smallholder Vegetable Farmers with Modern Retail Markets in Indonesia

Fanny Widadie, Jos Bijman & Jacques Trienekens
The study uses three elements of value chain analysis (VCA) – network structure, added value, and governance – to explore upgrading possibilities of value chains of producer organisations (PO)s in Indonesia in order to link smallholders to the modern retail market. Qualitative data are obtained through semi-structured interviews with PO members and other value chain actors. POs upgrade their value chains through linking smallholders with the modern retail market. Upgrading network structures is achieved by...

Communication Strategies in Agricultural Cooperatives - Theoretical Approach

Celina Martinez Georges & Silvia Morales De Queiroz Caleman
Communication is an important element in the governance of organizations. In most research on the development and maintenance of successful cooperatives, effective communication with and between members is an ongoing issue. In cooperatives, or more specifically in agricultural cooperatives, subject of this study, inadequate communication strategies may be one of the reasons for organization failure. When inconsistent and ineffective, it offers a gap for disconnection between members and the organization. Some authors also argue that...

Digitalisation in agriculture and its impact on social sustainability

Rolf Weber, Markus Frank & Jürgen Braun
Digitalisation in agriculture will lead to changes in the way farms are operated. In addition to the predicted changes in the ecological and economical dimensions of sustainability the social dimension which is examined in this publication, will also undergo a fundamental change. The social dimension of sustainability very often does not receive the same attention as the ecological and economical components. However, it is equally important and must not be neglected just because of the...

Future discourse: Energy and agricultural turnaround in one area? Modeling of future land use with the software 100prosim

Helena Karatassios, Theresa Gothe & Anne Schierenbeck
The transformation of an energy system is complex and requires not only technical measures, innovation and changes in lifestyle, but also increasing agricultural land use, especially for the construction of wind turbines or solar panels. Land use for biofuel cultivation is also relevant. Participants in transdisciplinary workshops use the simulation tool 100prosim to create and discuss their new energy scenario and learn about the complexity and requirements of the energy transitions regarding land use for...

Food Loss and Waste Definitions and Measurement Issues: The Case of the Maize Sector in Mozambique

Meizal Popat, Garry Griffith, Oscar Cacho & Stuart Mounter
Current estimates point to food loss and waste as costing around $US 900 billion dollars a year. That is equivalent to around one-third of global food production. The magnitude of this valuation, however, is reliant on the effective measurement of the actual amount of food loss and waste. There are various definitions of this problem, which differ in their scope. FAO, FUSION and WRI are the most prominent institutions that have proposed different definitions of...

Milking challenges while drinking foreign milk: the case of Ghana’s dairy sector

Mavis Boimah, Daniela Weible & Sascha Weber
While the domestic milk production sector of Ghana remains stagnant over the years, dairy processing on the other hand is continually witnessing growth relying largely on milk powder and other dairy products imports mainly from EU member countries. The EU is blamed for the underdevelopment of the domestic dairy sector of many African nations. However, evidence that either prove or refute these growing criticisms are missing. This study was thus initiated to examine Ghana’s dairy...

Market-oriented Innovation of Plant-based Products: Consumer Motivations and Product Attribute Importance

Emma Beacom, Joe Bogue & Lana Repar
The plant-based food and beverage market has experienced significant growth across all global consumer markets, and it is projected that sales of plant-based products (PBPs) will continue to increase in the coming years in response to consumer demand. The PBPs market is therefore an important area of research as it presents a significant opportunity for innovation for existing PBP producers and new market entrants. This study examined PBP consumption, motivations, and important product attributes, using...

Method for identification of the opportunities for improving the competitiveness of Short Food Supply Chains through the application of innovative solutions

Kinga VARSÁNYI, András SEBŐK, Vilma XHAKOLLARI & Ágnes SZEGEDYNÉ FRICZ
There are several problems, daily pitfalls, challenges, that the different types of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) face regularly. A method was developed to help to elaborate strategies to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs. After the analysis of the single SFSC businesses, the value propositions providing for the consumers and/or the short-chain as a whole, screening the needs of the consumers, through the application of innovations, the value propositions can be upgraded. With...

Lighting on the road to explore future directions for agricultural modelling in the EU – some considerations on what needs to be done

Ana Gonzalez-Martinez, Roel Jongeneel & Petra Salamon
In the field of agri-food, impact assessments to support policy decision-making are often based on simulations delivered by models. The increasing complexity of policies affecting agri-food sectors requires improving the capacities of current models, connecting or redesigning them to deliver forward-looking insights on policy objectives. The EU-Project ‘Support for Policy Relevant Modelling of Agriculture’ (SUPREMA) has identified upcoming needs in the research and policy agenda, while exploring the feasibility of those potential modelling exercises by...

Children nutrition in the Mediterranean basin: A comparative case study between Spain and Greece

Christina Kleisiari, Leonidas-Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Spyros Niavis & George Vlontzos1
The present study evaluates students' consumption habits for fruits, vegetables and meat, identifying the main factors influencing parents’ choices on these products for their children's nutrition. Additionally, it was assessed whether these factors are influenced by their socio-economic profiles. Based on literature review findings and following the Health Belief Model and Theory of Planned Behaviour rationale, a questionnaire was designed and distributed to a total sample of n=329 parents in Greece (n=197) and Spain (n=132)....

Exploring the Social-symbolic Meaning of Eating Habits in the Czech Republic and Ukraine

Renata Hrubá & Nataliya S. Tanklevskab
The purpose of this study is to empirically assess whether the social-symbolic meaning of eating habits is constructed within cultures. The analysis is based on the sociological approaches of Bourdieu´s theory. To answer the question, data from an on-line survey (n=319; carried out in the Czech and Ukraine) are compared using multi-sample measurement model. Results indicate the effect of social structures on individual perceptions and practices through habitus. The differences rely on the revitalization of...

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture and Food Supply Chains: System Dynamics Modeling for the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers

Büsra Atamer Balkan, Andreas Nicolaidis Lindqvist, Kelechi Odoemena, Robert Lamb, Monique Ann Tiongco, Stueti Gupta, Arpitha Peteru &
COVID-19 has caused severe agriculture and food supply chain disruptions, significantly affecting smallholder farmers who supply most of the world’s food, specifically their changes in vulnerability, resilience, and food loss and waste. Therefore, the objective of this study was to understand the complex causal and feedback relationships for this system by developing a dynamic hypothesis and causal loop diagrams utilizing the System Dynamics methodology. Results provide a roadmap for dialogue and a framework for case-specific...

Transforming Developing Countries Agrifood Value Chains

Dwi Ratna Hidayati, Elena Garnevska & Paul Childerhouse
The global agrifood trade is highly reliant on developing countries, which affects value chain transformation and which often results in an imbalance of governance and value addition. In order to address this imbalance and increase the overall value creation, this paper develops and empirically tests a framework for agrifood value chain transformation in developing countries. The research employs a qualitative methodology to explore the proposed framework, which is based on a value chain maturity assessment...

Regulations, Value Chains and Food Standards in Developing Countries: Panel Data Evidence from India

Saule Burkitbayeva, Emma Janssen & Johan Swinnen
Rapid growth in dairy consumption and food scandals in India in the 2000s increased awareness of food safety issues among consumers and policymakers. This led to the introduction of new standards. However, there is little information about how they affected farm-level activities and whether value chains played any role. Our paper addresses these questions using a two-round panel survey of dairy farms in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. We find significant improvements in adoption of farm-level...

Lighting on the Road to Explore Future Directions for Agricultural Modelling in the EU – some Considerations on what Needs to be Done

Ana Gonzalez-Martinez, Roel Jongeneel & Petra Salamon
In the field of agri-food, impact assessments to support policy decision-making are often based on simulations delivered by models. The increasing complexity of policies affecting the agri-food sector requires improving the capacities of current models, connect ing or redesigning them to deliver forward-looking insights on policy objectives. The EU-Project ‘Support for Policy Relevant Modelling of Agriculture’ (SUPREMA) has identified upcoming needs in the research and policy agenda, while exploring the feasibility of those potential modelling...

Willingness to pay for urban agriculture in Oslo

Geir Wæhler Gustavsen, Helge Berglann, Elisabeth Jenssen, Signe Kårstad & Divina Gracia Rodriguez
Urban agriculture is increasingly recognized as an important sustainable pathway for climate change adaptation and mitigation, for building more resilient cities, and for citizens’ health. Urban agriculture systems appear in many forms – both commercial and non-commercial. The value of the services derived from urban agriculture, e.g. enhanced food security, air quality, water regulation, and high level of biodiversity, is often difficult to quantify to inform policymakers and the general public in their decision making....

A systematic and critical review of life cycle approaches to assess circular economy pathways in the agri-food sector

Teodora Stillitano, Emanuele Spada, Nathalie Iofrida, Giacomo Falcone & Anna Irene De Luca
This study provides a literature review of life cycle approaches used to assess circular economy (CE) pathways in the agri-food sector. The scope of this review is to understand how and how much the LC-based analysis is useful to evaluate if CE strategies are more sustainable than linear/traditional economic models in agri-food production systems. To carry out the systematic and critical literature review the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) protocol was...

Spirituality in Agri-food sector: a complementary vision of slow food principles

Rui Rosa, Mafalda Nogueira & Filipa Azinheira
The goal of this paper is to develop a better understanding on the potential to recognise a fourth principle encompassed by the slow food movement – agri-food philosophy – supported in three factors: spirituality, socialization, and knowledge. Twenty-four national experts from business, administration and academic backgrounds have contributed their thoughts over three rounds: the first round was to auto-evaluate the degree of knowledge and the contributions of each expert, improving the design of the final...

Consumers’ contribution to a climate neutral EU: What influences the adoption of food-related mitigation options?

Corinna Hempel, Yvonne Feucht & Katrin Zander
The main aim of this contribution is to identify factors that influence consumers’ willingness to adopt food-related options to mitigate climate change and reveal how these factors are interlinked. In-depth interviews were carried out with 32 consumers in Germany, France and the UK; the results were analysed and described in the context of Alphabet Theory. The allocation of findings from the interviews to the theoretical framework helps to identify interrelations, to provide explanations and thereby...

Structural Equations Model of the Concha Prieta (Anadara tuberculosa) Agribusiness Management and Value Chain Performance in the Ecuadorian Mangroves

Eveligh Prado-Carpio, Moisés Martínez-Soto, Carlos Rodríguez-Monroy, Yilsy Núñez-Guerrero, Anne Morris-Díaz & Miguel Arias
Mangroves are tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems that fulfill multiple beneficial functions for preserving life on the planet and the economic support of families living in their surroundings. Such is the case of the mangroves in Ecuador, in which the "Concha Prieta" (Anadara tuberculosa) is produced through the manual extraction of natural populations. However, this production system is threatened by deforestation and overexploitation. This research aims to formulate an agribusiness management model that impacts the A....

An Experimental Factor Analysis Study Using SAW and TOPSIS to Select and Rank Organic Agriculture Cities in Turkey

Murat Cal & Ramazan Sahin
The agriculture sector supports Turkey’s GDP portfolio economically and helps establish a sustainable labor force. Turkey has certain competitive advantages in terms of the organic production of agricultural goods like figs and hazelnuts. We conduct a factor analysis using Simple Additive Weighting (SAW) and Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) methods combined with a 3-level set (export volume, export value, and adequacy rate) to rank 32 candidate cities of Turkey...

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