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Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and “low input” food supply chains: WP 6.1: Economic analyses of structures, conduct and performance of supply chains for organic foods in Europe

{Project} EU-QLIF: Supply Chain Analysis: Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and “low input” food supply chains: WP 6.1: Economic analyses of structures, conduct and performance of supply chains for organic foods in Europe. Runs 2004 - 2006. Project Leader(s): Stolze, Matthias, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), CH-5070 Frick.

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Summary

State of the Art:
There are only a few studies describing the structures and performance of organic supply chains. And there is no study available with investigate the effect of supply chains on food quality and safety.
Project aims:
The aim of subtask 6.1 is to analyse structures, conduct and performance of supply chains for organic foods in Europe.
Methodology:
The analysis of supply chains is based on the multi-sectoral qualitative analysis (MSQA) that provides a useful means to examine the relationship between selected economic variables and their performance in different sectors along the whole supply chain. These relationships will be recorded using descriptive and/or numeric scores in a matrix format.
Results, conclusion, state of the art:
- Interviews with key-informants.
- Interim report on organic food supply chain patterns in Europe (on the basis of interviews and a review of academic and grey literature).
- Identifying of six commodities in eight countries and specific supply chains in each country.
- Development of questionnaire for interviews with key actors of identified supply chains.
PreTest with actors of one entire supply chain.

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Involved organisations, project partners:
Univeristy of Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
University of Ancona, Ancona, Italy
Literature:
Selection:
Banks, J. (1998): Organic food supply chains in Wales Assessing the potential Interim report, Cardiff Food Group.
Hamm, U. and Grönefeld, F. (2002): Analysis of the European market for the organic market, School of Management and Business, University of Wales Aberystwyth.
Soil Association (2003) Soil Association Organic Food and Farming Report 2003. Soil Association, Bristol, UK.

EPrint Type:Project description
Keywords:Food quality, food safety, organic supply chains, economic pressures, relation between supply chain members, Markt, QLIF, Supply Chain Analysis
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Research funders: European Union > QualityLowInputFood
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/forschung/sozio-oekonomie/markt/index.php, http://www.fibl.org/english/research/socio-economics/projects/index.php, http://orgprints.org/perl/search/advanced?keywords=Markt%2C+QLIF%2C+Supply+Chain+Analysis&projects= fibl-socio-economics&projects&_satisfyall=ALL&_order=byname&_action_search=Search
Acronym:EU-QLIF: Supply Chain Analysis
Project ID:No 506358, SÖ 3.1
Start Date:1 March 2004
End Date:31 August 2006
Deposited By: Stolze, Dr. Matthias
ID Code:6272
Deposited On:11 Dec 2005
Last Modified:20 Aug 2009 14:28

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