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Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 267; doi:10.3390/su9020267

The Impact of a Values-Based Supply Chain (VBSC) on Farm-Level Viability, Sustainability and Resilience: Case Study Evidence

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Rural Economy and Development Programme, Mellows Campus, Teagasc, Athenry, Galway, Ireland
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Centre for Co-operative Studies, Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 23 December 2016 / Revised: 2 February 2017 / Accepted: 9 February 2017 / Published: 14 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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The ‘Agriculture of the Middle’ (AotM) development paradigm emphasises that in order to survive, family farms must transition from a supply chain approach to a values-based supply chain (VBSC) approach, involving amendments to both product type and actor dynamics within the chain. This paper presents a qualitative case study of a beef co-operative integrated to a VBSC. We use an analytical framework of viability, sustainability and resilience to analyse impacts at farm-level. Our analysis highlights a number of positive effects on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience. These benefits stemmed largely from improvements to market orientation, price stability, and members’ capacities in responding to problems. However, the autonomy of the co-operative was challenged by VBSC chain members, which impacted negatively on the stability of the co-operative. View Full-Text
Keywords: co-operative; values-based supply chain (VBSC); viability; sustainability; resilience; family farm; beef co-operative; values-based supply chain (VBSC); viability; sustainability; resilience; family farm; beef
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Hooks, T.; Macken-Walsh, Á.; McCarthy, O.; Power, C. The Impact of a Values-Based Supply Chain (VBSC) on Farm-Level Viability, Sustainability and Resilience: Case Study Evidence. Sustainability 2017, 9, 267.

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