The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence

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2017-02-14
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Hooks, Teresa
Macken-Walsh, Áine
McCarthy, Olive
Power, Carol
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MDPI AG
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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.
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Co-operative , Values-based supply chain , VBSC , Resilience , Viability , Sustainability , Family farm , Beef
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Hooks, T., Macken-Walsh, Á., McCarthy, O. and Power, C. (2017) ‘'The impact of a values-based supply chain (VBSC) on farm-level viability, sustainability and resilience: case study evidence', Sustainability, 9(2), 267 (19pp). doi:10.3390/su9020267