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Agri-food chain relationships.

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This book is the result of several years of research activity on the topic of how to better link farmers, processors and retailers with each other in order to ensure and improve the supply of food products which meet consumer needs and wants. The book is structured in three parts. Starting with an overview regarding main developments in the agri-food sector with relevance for chain relationships (chapter 1), Part I is mainly concerned with providing the theoretical foundations for analysing agrifood chain relations (chapters 2, 3 and 4). Building on this conceptual basis, the second part presents in-depth empirical evidence for different countries, food chains and chain stages regarding the issues of trust and sustainable relationships in agri-food chains (chapters 5 to 14). The red meat industry (beef and pigmeat) is the focus of chapters 5, 7 and 9. Cereals (bread and malting barley) are analysed in chapters 5, 7, 8, 10 and 13. Horticultural products (fresh produce and wine) are investigated in chapters 6, 12 and 14. Regionally, the studies cover Europe, North America (the USA), China, Australia and the Philippines. While most studies were conducted in developed markets, chapters 6 and 12 look at the particularities of transition or developing economies. As to individual agri-food chain stakeholders, a number of chapters (chapters 5 to 12, 14 and 15) offer and discuss separate findings for farmers, food processors or retailers. Based on the theoretical and empirical findings in the first two parts of the book, recommendations for agribusiness managers (chapter 15) and policy-makers (chapter 16) are described in the third part. Chapter 17 discusses avenues for future research.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 25) Building sustainable relationships in agri-food chains: challenges from farm to retail. Author(s): Hartmann, M. Frohberg, K. Fischer, C.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 45) Inter-organizational relationships in agri-food systems: a transaction cost economics approach. Author(s): Chaddad, F. Rodriguez-Alcalá, M. E.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 61) Behavioural economics and the theory of social structure: relevance for understanding inter-organizational relationships. Author(s): Hartmann, M. Hoffmann, J. Simons, J.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 74) Collaborative advantage, relational risks and sustainable relationships: a literature review and definition. Author(s): Fischer, C. Reynolds, N.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 91) Trust and relationships in selected European agri-food chains. Author(s): Leat, P. Henchion, M. Albisu, L. M. Fischer, C.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 105) Review of the trust situation in agri-food chain relationships in the Asia-Pacific with a focus on the Philippines and Australia. Author(s): Batt, P. J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 119) Determinants of sustainable agri-food chain relationships in Europe. Author(s): Fischer, C. Hartmann, M. Reynolds, N. Leat, P. Revoredo-Giha, C. Henchion, M. Gracia, A. Albisu, L. M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 135) Enhancing the integration of agri-food chains: challenges for UK malting barley. Author(s): Revoredo-Giha, C. Leat, P.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 150) From transactions to relationships: the case of the Irish beef chain. Author(s): Henchion, M. McIntyre, B.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 164) Reviewing relationship sustainability in the case of the German wheat-to-bread chain. Author(s): Bavorová, M. Hockmann, H.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 177) Inter-organizational relationships in the US agri-food system: the role of agricultural cooperatives. Author(s): Chaddad, F.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 191) Guanxi and contracts in Chinese vegetable supply chains: an empirical investigation. Author(s): Lu HuaLiang Trienekens, J. Omta, O. Feng ShuYi
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 206) Inter-organizational relationships as determinants for competitiveness in the agrifood sector: the Spanish wheat-to-bread chain. Author(s): Gracia, A. Magistris, T. de Albisu, L. M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 220) How buyer-supplier relationships can create value: the case of the Australian wine industry. Author(s): Hobley, L. Batt, P. J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 237) Best practice in relationship management: recommendations for farmers, processors and retailers. Author(s): Lu HuaLiang Batt, P. J. Fischer, C.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 250) Improving agri-food chain relationships in Europe: the role of public policy. Author(s): Albisu, L. M. Henchion, M. Leat, P. Blandford, D.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 267) Lessons learned: recommendations for future research on agri-food chain relationships. Author(s): Chaddad, F. Fischer, C. Hartmann, M.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Agribusiness, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2010
  • ISBN
  • 9781845936426
  • Record Number
  • 20103251104