An initial exploration on the drivers for integrating small-farmers in supply chains and networks: Propensity to collaborate

Rosario Michel-Villarreal*, Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Supply networks are increasingly complex networks of interdependent organisations. In the case of food supply networks, globalization seems to be one of the main drivers for change. Agricultural producers have to deal with longer and more complex supply and value chains. However, globalization has resulted in both winners and losers among small farmers. This research looks at drivers for collaboration that may support small farmers' integration to successful food supply chains. Even though cooperatives are a prominent form of farmer organization, there is little evidence that suggests that these have served as frameworks for successful integration of small-farmers into global supply chains. Hence, this paper focuses in an alternative Mexican legal figure for land collective ownership ('ejido') and explores their members' propensity to collaborate. An exploratory research is conducted and initial findings are provided. As an initial outcome, this paper suggests the need for a complementary research approach to increase small farmers' propensity to collaborate and work together. Areas for further research are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages352-357
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 21 May 201624 May 2016

Conference

Conference2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period21/05/1624/05/16

Keywords

  • 'ejido'
  • Business integration
  • Drivers for collaboration
  • Food supply chain
  • Sustainable development

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