Should the Supply Chain Play Fair?

From AgriMarketing Magazine - In the first article in our series – Should the Supply Chain Play Fair?—we discussed whether consumers want a just and equitable supply chain. Initial survey results showed that consumers do perceive alternative production systems, in our case organic bread, to partially alleviate some of the inequality of profits across the supply chain. In particular, the perceived profits received by small farmers from the sale of an organic loaf of bread increased by 71% as compared to the sale of one loaf of non-organic bread.


Opportunities in the Fresh Produce Supply Chain

We watched as 2020 unleashed volatility on our food and agribusiness supply chains. In the fresh produce supply chain, disruptions impacted the seed industry, growers, shippers, wholesalers and retailers. While consumer behaviors and preferences also shifted during this time, shoppers continued to place importance on choosing grocery stores based on the availability of fresh foods — especially high-quality fruits and vegetables.

Weather and Technological Change’s Impact on Total Factor Productivity

Total factor productivity (TFP) is a measure of economic efficiency and is commonly measured as the ratio of outputs to inputs. The higher the TFP, the more product is created for a given level of inputs. For farmers, this means that the higher their TFP, the higher their yield will be for the same levels of acreage, fertilizers, insecticides, labor, machinery, etc. This article aims to explain changes in total factor productivity growth of the agricultural sector by attributing it to weather, as well as technological change and adaptation.

Ag Retailers’ Role in Sustainability

Sustainability is undeniably one of the most important drivers of the new business landscape created over the last few years. Its importance has been taken to an even higher level during the current pandemic, and it is a key factor in what we imagine the post-COVID world will look like.