Roles of Intermediaries in Developing Resilient Systems: A Community Approach to Food Micro-Producers

Martin Hingley, Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo

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This theoretical chapter discusses the role that intermediaries may play in direct distribution, supply chains and supply networks. The first approach does not recognize benefits from striving for collaboration and avoids intermediaries' participation as much as possible. Conversely, the latter two emphasize the creation of economic and efficiency values, through the alignment of goals and resources directed by a stronger channel lead body. However, in the case of micro-producers, increasing these values is not the only motivation; lifestyle or esteem factors may be, for example, more potent drivers. The research extends multi-actor supply arrangements beyond chains and networks, by introducing the concept of supply communities. This is illustrated through a vignette of a regional food marketing umbrella group that plays an organizing role. Findings suggest intermediaries to act as triggers for collaboration. The complementary nature of the community approach suggests a framework for micro-businesses to strengthen their operations with existing traditional supply arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Intermediation and Logistics Service Providers
EditorsLaurence Saglietto, Cécile Cezanne
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522521341
ISBN (Print)9781522521334
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2017


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