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Quantifying differences in alternative food network supply chain activities and their relationship with socio-economic outcomes

Hunter, Erik and Norrman, Andreas and Berg, Eva (2021). Quantifying differences in alternative food network supply chain activities and their relationship with socio-economic outcomes. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 25 , 83-101
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Abstract

Alternative food networks (AFNs) have the potential to enhance and redistribute value in favour of producers and consumers through novel ways of organizing supply chain activities. What is more, AFNs are often characterized by their 'sustainability promise' - or the idea that their networks foster social, ecological or environmental improvements over conventional food networks. Based on a purposive sample of 286 producers across five Swedish AFNs (i.e. community supported agriculture, REKO-rings, farmers' markets, farm stores and food nodes), we explore how differences in how supply chain activities are managed and relate them to profitability, fair wages, cooperation, logistics efforts, happiness and future beliefs. Using a combination of correlation analysis, linear regression and means comparisons, we challenge the notion that AFNs achieve their sustainability promise or enhance value through novel combinations of supply chain activities. Our findings include several key differences in how supply chain management (SCM) activities are organized across AFNs and their variant importance for profitability. Moreover, we find significant differences in happiness across AFNs that are better explained through beliefs about the future than profitability or fair wages. By exploring happiness and profitability, we offer insights into why some AFN actors thrive despite poor economic returns.

Authors/Creators:Hunter, Erik and Norrman, Andreas and Berg, Eva
Title:Quantifying differences in alternative food network supply chain activities and their relationship with socio-economic outcomes
Series Name/Journal:International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:25
Page range:83-101
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:WAGENINGEN ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
ISSN:1559-2448
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:alternative food networks, logistics, supply chain management, agriculture, happiness
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115039
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115039
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DOI10.22434/IFAMR2020.0193
Web of Science (WoS)000723712300006
ID Code:26655
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of People and Society (from 2021)
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Deposited On:05 Jan 2022 10:01
Metadata Last Modified:05 Jan 2022 10:11

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