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Governance and controversies within and around growing mid-scale organic chains: how are shared values maintained over time?

Lamine, Claire and Renting, H (2015) Governance and controversies within and around growing mid-scale organic chains: how are shared values maintained over time? Speech at: ESRS 2015, WG XXVI, Aberdeen, August 2015. [Completed]

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Based on the comparison of a dozen case studies within the Healthygrowth project (cooperatives, box schemes, organic shops network etc.), this paper aims at exploring which mechanisms of governance and coordination within growing mid-scale organic initiatives and their surrounding network allow (or not) to maintain strong shared values alongside the upscaling and growth process. We first analyse the competing conceptions over values and the possible controversies among the different stakeholders involved in these initiatives: do they want “just” organic products or more, i.e. for example local and seasonal products, or ‘fair’ products coming from small scale peasant farms etc.? We then analyse the initiatives’ governance, who it involves (shareholders or leaders, but also employees, consumers, producers, civil society etc.?) and how; as well as the relationships and coordination with business partners (contracts, agreements and arrangements with producers, processors, etc.). We show that the initiatives can reach a certain degree of stakeholders and network alignment thanks to the way they set up and then often adjust over time their governance and their coordination modes in order to maintain their values. In some cases, it seems that behind a visible convergence of the different stakeholders’ views, “objective” power relationships partly explain such an alignment (for example, producers might disagree with some aspects but cannot really influence), but most cases reveal the necessity to maintain an openness to discussions and debates over the core values.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Speech
Keywords:Organic food chains, governance, values chains
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > HealthyGrowth
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Related Links:http://www.healthygrowth.eu
Deposited By: PENVERN, Servane
ID Code:30712
Deposited On:26 Oct 2016 19:24
Last Modified:26 Oct 2016 19:24
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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