Special Issue "Agrifood Value Chains in Developed and Developing Countries: Issues and Perspectives"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Interests: consumers’ food and drink demand; operation of agrifood supply chains; introduction of new food and drink products
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Interests: the industrial organization of the agrifood chain; applied micro-econometrics; use of farm-level statistics; agricultural cooperatives
This is a time of great changes in agrifood value chains worldwide. Emerging distinctive characteristics (such as differentiation, variety, coordination and hybrid organizations, consumer value co-creation, and innovative business practices) move the functioning of modern agricultural markets away from the canon of perfect competition or static market power. These frameworks guided the analysis of the agrifood system for decades, but now scholars and researchers are called on to explore new fields and topics in the industrial organisation of agrifood markets.
Agrifood value chains comprise a wide diversity of products and companies operating in different markets and selling a variety of food products. The regulatory framework affects the food supply chain at all levels from the agricultural sector down to the retail sector; however, it varies widely in terms of the aspects considered (e.g., product quality), as well as the degree of enforcement depending on whether it operates in a developed or developing country.
The degree of market power held by the firms along the chain varies by product category, depending on the relevant markets in which these firms operate. It has an impact on the contractual relationships between the chain participants and can influence several of the outcomes in agricultural markets. The increasing complexity in the structure of food systems is reflected in the elements of the operation of today’s agrifood supply chains such as the increasing importance of food price rigidity, asymmetric price transmission, price volatility, non-price competition, product differentiation, complex business practices, contracts, or long-run incentives, just to name some of them.
The goal of this Special Issue is to bring together trends in the industrial organisation of agrifood value chains, considering both developed and developing countries. Papers may address one or more of the aspects indicated below in the keywords.
Dr. Cesar Revoredo Giha
Dr. Carlo Russo
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- estimation of market/bargaining power
- analysis of business practices, partnerships, and pricing strategies
- consumers, creation of consumer value, and implication for the supply chain
- Competition effects of private labels, branding, and brand value
- Innovation and its impact on the organisation of agrifood value chains
- Price transmission and price transparency
- Negotiation, contracting, use of standards, and coordination in supply chains
- Countervailing power, agricultural cooperatives, and producer organizations