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Agriculture and Food in the 21 st Century

Economic, Environmental and Social Challenges- Festschrift on the Occasion of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz 65 th Birthday

Edited By Monika Hartmann and Joachim Hesse

This Festschrift in honour of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. P. Michael Schmitz covers theoretical as well as empirical works on challenges prevailing in the food and agricultural sector. Discussions of conflicts between social and ecological requests of citizens and market outcomes are provided. The contributors discuss options of policy interventions as well as their limitations. Empirical facts that can contribute to a more evidence based policy formation are also presented. The book itself consists of two parts: «agri-food markets and policies» and «agriculture, trade and development». Topics covered are moral, markets and policies, farm animal welfare, fat taxes, agricultural derivatives markets, future food value chains, free trade agreements, food security, food waste and climate change.
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The Future Food Value Chain: Christian Fischer


Christian FISCHER


This essay explains the supply and value chain concepts in the context of the global food system. Their origins and driving forces as well as recent trends and perspectives for future developments are discussed.


As the world grows together, the way the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services are organised is evolving (HLGCAGI, 2009). The „relational view“ of competitiveness is replacing the more traditional resource-based or market-based views which see economic success as a function of access to material resources or as a result of exercising market power (SPORLEDER et al., 2005; LATRUFFE, 2010). However, in a networked economy those organisations that form smart partnerships will have the competitive edge. By combining complementary core competencies, partnerships can benefit from synergies and collaborative advantages. These include traditional efficiency improvements through cost reductions and/or productivity gains and the co-creation of intangible assets resulting from collaborative innovation, leveraged mass communication and coordinated lobbying (KLAPWIJK, 2004).

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