2005 February - Industrial Agriculture - Farming the Food Chain

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FPJ0201 Article - The Industrialisation of Australian Farming

Keogh, M
Farm Policy Journal, March 2005, Volume 2, Number 1, pp. 16 - 26 (11 pages)

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Vertical Contracting and Australian Agriculture - Implications for Farmers and Policy-Makers

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April 2006, pp. 1 - 72 (72 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institue
Author: ACIL Tasman Pty Ltd - Mark Barber & Greg Cutbush
ISBN: 0-9757453-7-9

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FPJ0201 Article - Understanding Customer Wants - The Starting Point for Farmers when Adding Value and Innovating

Hughes, D
Farm Policy Journal, March 2005, Volume 2, Number 1, pp. 38 - 44 (7 pages)

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Value in Value Chains - Collaborative Business Models and Farm Accreditation Systems Examined


The range of case studies analysed provide a diversity of examples where value chain engagements have benefited farmers, but also highlight that such arrangements are dynamic and evolve over time, and require continual management.

A related issue is the role of farm accreditation systems in consumer-driven value markets. Should Australian agriculture be developing national accreditation systems in order to secure market access, or do such systems simply add cost without delivering value? The research reported here examines these questions in the light of the experiences of those involved in the case studies analysed as part of the
research. Becoming an integrated part of a value chain will not necessarily be the best option for all farm businesses.

However, this research provides some valuable information and lessons for those farmers contemplating closer engagement in value chains, and should assist in ensuring that farmers do secure value from chains.

As Australian agriculture evolves from being a low-cost supplier of bulk commodities to global markets into a supplier of both bulk commodities and more specialised and differentiated products to higher-value markets, the interaction between farmers and the value chain post farmgate will become an increasingly important element of farm business profitability.

While farmers have recognised the need to become part of the value chain, there is a great deal of uncertainty about the extent to which these arrangements deliver increased value to farmers. Many question whether farmers are actually better off being involved in the value chain, and there are a myriad of stories about how such arrangements have worked to the disadvantage of farmers.

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August 2008, pp. 1 - 72 (72 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institue
Author: Australian Farm Institue - O'Keeffe, M
ISBN: 978-0-9805475-1-1

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