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Examining preparedness of food actors for value chain development: a vegetable chain case study


Adhikari, RP, Examining preparedness of food actors for value chain development: a vegetable chain case study, Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014 , Brisbane, Australia, pp. 11-15. ISSN 0567-7572 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1103.2


From a value chain (VC) development perspective, the readiness of prospective actors and stakeholders to engage in VC development is a core strategic capability. VC analysis has been used in the past to achieve strategic improvement by identifying opportunities and constraints in existing chains, but there is little evidence of VC analysis being used to explore the readiness of actors and stakeholders to participate in VC development processes, especially in the developing countries. This study examines the preparedness of actors and stakeholders of tomato VC in Nepal to develop rural-urban interfaces. A framework for VC analysis was developed to explore VC actors readiness to participate in VC development from the VC management, strategic management and development literature. Data used in the analysis were collected in 2010 and 2011. Data included desktop reviews, memos recorded during the walking-the-chain observations and semi-structured interviews with actors and stakeholders in case study chains. Relevant responses from semi-structured interviews and memos were analysed using a template approach to coding. The study found that actors and stakeholders in the case study VCs were underprepared for VC development. Based on the findings, ways to prepare these actors and stakeholders for the journey of VC development are suggested. The implications of this study are that it develops and tests a framework of VC analysis that can be used to understand the readiness of VC actors and stakeholders to participate in VC development.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:value chain analysis, framework, readiness, strategic, operational
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management and productivity not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Adhikari, RP (Dr Rajendra Adhikari)
ID Code:105469
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-01-05
Last Modified:2018-07-20
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