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Systemic Sustainability of the French Organic Rice and PGI Einkorn Value Chains: A Preliminary Assessment Based on Network Analysis

Quiédeville, Sylvain; Bassene, Jean-Baptiste; Lançon, Frédéric; Chabrol, Didier and Moustier, Paule (2018) Systemic Sustainability of the French Organic Rice and PGI Einkorn Value Chains: A Preliminary Assessment Based on Network Analysis. Sustainability, 10, pp. 1-22.

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Summary

Public authorities and consumers increasingly support food value chains that are more environmentally friendly. However, these value chains are faced with technical, economic and institutional limitations, calling into question their long-term viability. Based on two case studies of alternative food chains in France, namely einkorn (Triticum monococcum) in Haute Provence and organic rice in the Camargue, we evaluated their capacity to remain both viable and environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. After assessing the traditional economic, social and environmental performance of their sustainability, we performed a network analysis to determine the survivability of the systems. The combined use of the traditional pillars of sustainability and the network analysis forms what we term the systemic sustainability. Results suggest that the einkorn value chain is characterised by a high degree of centrality represented by a producers’ association, although the systemic sustainability of the chain is reduced by its dependence on a leading processor. As for the organic rice value chain, centralised power is exerted by three companies embedded in a strong network of actors characterised by diversified connections. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential interest of conducting a network analysis to better determine the sustainability of food value chains.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:systemic sustainability, survivability, food value chain, network of actors, organic rice, einkorn Monococcum, Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, Innovation in Agriculture
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Food systems
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
France > CIRAD - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072344
Deposited By: Quiédeville, Dr. Sylvain
ID Code:33489
Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 09:39
Last Modified:07 Aug 2018 09:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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