In This Issue: Small and Midscale Food Value Chains: A State of the Art

  • Duncan Hilchey Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
Keywords: Editorial, Value Chains, Supply Chains

Abstract

First paragraph:

In this issue of JAFSCD we present the state of the art in small and medium-sized food value chains — primarily from a North American perspective, but also with perspectives from Europe and South America. Values-based food supply chains (value chains) are strategic alliances between farms, ranches, and other supply chain partners who deal in sufficient volumes of high-quality, differentiated food products and distribute rewards equitably across the supply chain. As Stevenson and colleagues remind us, in FVCs, farmers and ranchers are treated as strategic partners, not as interchangeable — and exploitable — input suppliers. Ideally, all partners in these business alliances recognize that creating maximum value for the product depends on significant interdependence, collaboration, and mutual support.

Author Biography

Duncan Hilchey, Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
Duncan Hilchey is publisher and editor in chief of JAFSCD.
Cover of volume 1, issue 4
Published
2011-09-10
How to Cite
Hilchey, D. (2011). In This Issue: Small and Midscale Food Value Chains: A State of the Art. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.014.019

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