Optimising contract design in modern food supply chains: The case of paprika sector in central Malawi

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dc.contributor.author Repar, Lana A.
dc.contributor.author Onakuse, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Bogue, Joe
dc.contributor.author Afonso, Ana
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-27T11:51:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-27T11:51:45Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-21
dc.identifier.citation Repar, L. A., Onakuse, S., Bogue, J., and Afonso, A. (2017) 'Optimising contract design in modern food supply chains: The case of paprika sector in central Malawi'. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, 118 (1):113-127. urn:nbn:de:hebis:34-2017031552220 en
dc.identifier.volume 118 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 113 en
dc.identifier.endpage 127 en
dc.identifier.issn 2363-6033
dc.identifier.issn 1612-9830
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4195
dc.description.abstract Contract farming remains one of the most efficient tools for integrating small-scale farmers into modern food markets. However, the literature lacks evidence on best practices in designing contracts for food supply chains in developing countries. The purpose of this study is to analyse the design of an existing contract in the emerging Malawian paprika sector using a qualitative analytical approach. The study compared a contract design in Malawi’s paprika supply chain with four similar contracts from the horticultural sector in Malawi, India, Zambia and Cape Verde. This study employed a thematic qualitative analysis and developed 17 categories for analysing contracts. The findings showed that the Malawian contract contained in total eleven defined clauses. There were missing clauses that influenced the risk and power distribution between parties in the contract. The comparison of the Malawian contract with other contracts revealed that none of the analysed contracts included all clauses necessary for a sustainable and fair relationship. The study proposed improved contract design and future actions to contribute to decreasing inequalities between parties engaged in the Malawi’s paprika supply chain. The implications of the study include initiation of changes in public policies related to contract farming strategies as the findings suggest that vulnerable small-scale farmers might be left unprotected and generate low gains through supply contracts due to poorly formulated contract clauses. en
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AGTRAIN) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme, funded by the EACEA) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Kassel University Press en
dc.relation.uri https://www.jarts.info/index.php/jarts/article/view/2017031552220/906
dc.rights © 2017 The Authors. Open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 en
dc.subject Contractual arrangements en
dc.subject Developing country en
dc.subject Small-scale farmers en
dc.subject Thematic analysis en
dc.subject Supply chain en
dc.title Optimising contract design in modern food supply chains: The case of paprika sector in central Malawi en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Joseph Bogue, Food Business & Development, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.bogue@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-06-27T11:32:49Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder European Commission en
dc.contributor.funder Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.bogue@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.onakuse@ucc.ie


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