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Climate adaptation of food value chains: the implications of varying consumer acceptance


Lim-Camacho, L and Ariyawardana, A and Lewis, GK and Crimp, SJ and Somogyi, S and Ridoutt, B and Howden, SM, Climate adaptation of food value chains: the implications of varying consumer acceptance, Regional Environmental Change, 17, (1) pp. 93-103. ISSN 1436-3798 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10113-016-0976-5


Despite there being considerable research and knowledge surrounding the risks of climate change on agricultural productivity, fewer studies have examined risks from a whole-of-chain perspective (i.e. from producer to consumer) and the perceptions of consumers about the climate adaptation strategies of food businesses. This paper presents the findings of a survey of 1532 Australian consumers and how they might respond to a food company’s climate adaptation strategy. Three respondent archetypes, ‘Eco-warriors’ (n = 557), ‘Undecideds’ (n = 600) and ‘Abdicators’ (n = 375), were identified based on their perceptions of risks associated with climate change and their attitudes towards climate adaptation. Further analysis was carried out to understand how each group of respondents would respond to adaptation strategies employed by food companies. Based on the findings of this study, two main challenges are presented for food value chains: (1) translating consumer needs and preferences to niche opportunities arising from adaptation and (2) understanding how best to communicate adaptation benefits based on varying attitudes and information needs. By addressing these challenges, synergies between adaptation goals and competitive strategies in food value chains may be achieved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia , Adaptation, Agriculture, Business, Consumer perceptions, Supply chain
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Lewis, GK (Dr Gemma Lewis)
ID Code:109281
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-06-07
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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