Agro-food Chains and Networks for Development
Proceedings of the Frontis Workshop on Agro-food Chains and Networks for Development
Wageningen, The Netherlands, 6-7 September 2004
Development Economics Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Sustainable Development and System Innovation Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands
About the book | Table of Contents
Agro-food chains and networks play an increasingly important role
in providing access to markets for producers from developing
countries. In developing countries companies become integrated
into geographically dispersed supply networks that link
producers, traders and processors from the South with retailers
and consumers in urban centres and in the North. Globalization of
trade and integration of supply chains lead to new demands
regarding food quality, safety and health.
Companies involved in global food and agri-business chains and networks face fast changes in their market and business environment. New procedures and practices for organizing food supply networks – based on co-innovation between primary producers, processors and retailers – are emerging to cope with food grades and standards. Optimizing chain performance asks for cooperation between all agents involved in the supply chain. Agro-food companies communicate consumers’ demands to smallholders to guarantee stable market access. Public and voluntary agencies may provide important contributions for reinforcing the supply-chain environment.
This volume combines insights from theory with a large number of business cases to enable a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints that supply-chain integration can offer for stimulating rural development. Key stakeholders from the communities of science, public policy and the business sector shared their experience in a joint effort to overcome the barriers to trade.
here for printed version of the Wageningen UR Frontis Series,
available from Springer Science+Business Media (former Kluwer Academic Publishers)