International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
EISSN : 1559-2448
Published by: Wageningen Academic Publishers (10.22434)
Total articles ≅ 302
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Published: 1 October 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 24, pp 1005-1016; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0177
In small scale societies and developing nations, agrifood systems tend to be structurally less complex than in developed nations but have a complexity introduced in the form of strict social and cultural mores which both help to formulate decision making and create governance mechanisms. Informality in the economic underpinning of these agrifood systems has worked for these small-scale societies for thousands of years but the question is whether and how they can remain sustainable in the fast moving change situation of today’s global business. In this paper we discuss sustainability from a modified Triple Bottom Line perspective and analyse data from horticultural product chain studies in two Pacific Island countries to investigate the informal framework of sustainability in these systems. We use the theoretical paradigm of theatre performance (frontstage:backstage) to understand how a ‘habitus of informality’ is both a threat and an opportunity to sustainability in these small scale, yet complex, systems.
Published: 1 October 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 24, pp 921-934; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0138
Succession planning is a very crucial aspect of family business continuity. The successful transition of family businesses is especially important for small and medium scale family businesses which constitute the beginning phase of most businesses. This paper explores two critical aspects of succession planning, namely the decision to keep business ownership within the family and the transfer-readiness of family businesses. This study assessed potential correlates of these two constructs using data from small and medium scale farm and non-farm businesses in Midwest US. Results from a probit estimator showed that farm businesses were more likely to be kept within the family (P<0.01). For the full sample, the number of generations involved in daily management, the readiness of the senior management to delegate control, and the owner experience were found to be good correlates of the decision to keep the business within the family. For farms, we also found some correlation between the perception of the business as being successful and the decision to keep the business in the family (P<0.1). Results from the probit and bivariate probit models showed that capital and the number of generations in management are the most consistent correlates of transfer-readiness for the full and farm samples. Finally, we found that female owners of farm businesses were less likely to be ready for business transfers than their male counterparts (P<0.01).
Published: 1 October 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 24, pp 901-904; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2021.x003
This Special Issue presents the seven best papers from the 30th IFAMA 2020 World Congress, reflecting the richness and quality of the agri-food business and management scholarship that IFAMA facilitates and promotes. They reveal the diversity of research topics and current practices related to the most pressing agri-food business and management issues. Whether the papers discuss vegetable producers cooperatives in Cambodia, innovation intermarries and enhancing collaboration in Sweden, or information nudges in ornamental plant labeling in the United States, the papers in this Special Issue illustrate the need for variegated professional and academic skills and expertise represented in IFAMA.
Published: 30 September 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-14; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0198
Food waste has become a global issue that has received increased attention. Food waste at the household level is a major source of food loss in developed countries. While culture is an important factor shaping people’s behavior, comparison of food waste behaviors across countries and regions are still limited. This study uses primary data covering the US, Canada, the UK, and France to understand and compare consumers’ food waste behaviors. While we found some common drivers for food waste behavior appliable to all countries, such as age, eating away from home, and using expiration dates, we confirmed that consumers behave significantly different across countries. For example, personal factors such as employment status, household size, and environmental concerns are only found significant in certain countries. Similarly, while convenience-driven consumers tend to waste more across countries, only European consumers who are price and advertising conscious tend to increase their food waste frequency. Moreover, many well-known food waste prevention actions, such as making a shopping list, preserving and freezing food, and being willing to consume leftovers, only appear to work in certain countries.
Published: 23 September 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-16; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2021.0058
This case study outlines the steps Oatly has taken so far to achieve its goal of becoming the largest ‘dairy and milk’ producer in the world. Oatly develops, produces and markets dairy and milk analogues, with an overriding ambition to promote structural changes in the dairy industry. Oatly’s approach relies on state-of-the-art technologies that can create dairy analogues and milk-like fluids. The resulting products are marketed under their own brand and promoted by provocative and innovative communication strategies that include storytelling, policy-related activities, social media campaigns and more traditional sales concepts. The company is constantly developing and opening factories that enable them to expand into foreign markets, whilst applying diverse marketing strategies. Following Oatly’s example, other retailers and food companies also expressed their interest in dairy and milk replacement products, increasing the market competition.
Published: 23 September 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-14; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2021.0005
The US produce industry faces intensifying competition from imports, particularly those from Mexico, the largest exporter of produce to the United States. Fresh produce imports from Mexico have grown dramatically in recent years. This study examines the impact of increasing fresh tomato imports from Mexico on market price and revenue of US growers. Results show that tomato prices are highly sensitive to supply, suggesting a saturated market. Imports from Mexico have significant negative impacts on the prices of US domestic tomatoes. A scenario of 50% increase in tomato imports from Mexico could result in a $252 million (27%) revenue loss for American growers, thus posing great challenges to the sustainability of the declining US tomato industry.
Published: 16 August 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-18; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2021.0015
The development of a sustainable rural world must have an innovative agri-food industry as one of its bases. This article offers a comprehensive analysis of the main drivers of innovation by small and medium agri-food companies in Spain. A combined multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) and structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) is performed to identify the key factors among 63 indicators in the domains of the technology-organisation-environmental approach. The results suggest an open field of research. Positively related to innovation are firm capacities and financial resources. Moreover, agri-food firms innovate in products, processes or marketing in order to increase sales, enter new markets, or increase the quality of their products. On the contrary, most of these firms did not innovate to reduce costs or time of response, meet regulatory compliance or maintain employment. Authorities should be aware that smaller and younger agri-food firms face more restrictions to innovate, and firms feel public policies could help to meet market demand as a driving force of innovation. On the contrary, essential objectives of regional development such as environmental compliance and maintaining employment seem to depend solely on public action.
Published: 4 August 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-20; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0190
To evaluate whether small farmers are willing to accept the policy of sustainable use of cultivated land such as green manure planting, we analyze the payment preference and the source of heterogeneity of small farmer’ environmental attributes of leguminous green manure. A choice experiment method is conducted to learn about small farmer’ preference toward green manure. The results suggest that small farmers with planting confidence are willing to pay for different environmental attributes of leguminous green manure. Among them, the willingness to pay (WTP) for the quality and fertility of cultivated land is the highest, and the WTP for air quality is the lowest. Small farmers who do not have confidence in planting are only willing to pay for attribute of natural disaster days. We identify key factors that might influence small farmer’s payment preference, including gender, age, education level, degree of part-time employment, and the trend perception of environmental change.
Published: 4 August 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-12; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0187
VietGreen, headquartered in the South of Vietnam, is a bottled mineral water company striving towards becoming a leading mineral water producer with a strong reputation for social responsibility and integrity. This case describes VietGreen’s decision to explore the potential of material flow cost accounting (MFCA) for enhanced eco-efficiency and achieving the company’s long-term goals. It introduces the students to the company’s major challenges in meeting existing and newly introduced environmental regulations and in dealing with various controversial perspectives of managers involved in a project to implement MFCA. The focal questions of the case are why and how the company’s management should invest in and apply MFCA to implement its major strategic objectives. In particular, it focuses on the tension between measures improving either environmental or economic performance as well as the search for solutions contributing to both types of goals.
Published: 14 July 2021
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review pp 1-20; https://doi.org/10.22434/ifamr2020.0124
This paper analyses how the technical and managerial support of buyers affects the performance and investment capacity of Brazilian pig farmers. The paper also analyses the influence of the farmers’ investment capacity on their own performance and how that performance in turn influences the investment requirements demanded by buyers. We developed a structural equation model applied to a sample of 199 farmers including piglet farmers (n=91) and finishers (n=108) working under production contracts. The model includes two constructs that assess performance – financial performance and production and quality performance. The results show that buyer support positively influences both performance constructs and investment requirements for piglet farmers and finishers. The relationship between buyer support and investment capacity was significant only in the sample of finishers. Farmers’ investment capacity positively influences both performance constructs in the sample of piglet farmers. For finishers, investment capacity influences only financial performance. Moreover, only production and quality performance of finishers influences investment requirements. The results provide buyers and farmers with insights for refinements in support policies and management.