Introduction to special issue: smallholder value chains as complex adaptive systems

Orr, A and Donovan, J (2018) Introduction to special issue: smallholder value chains as complex adaptive systems. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 8 (1). pp. 2-13. ISSN 2044-0839

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new conceptual framework for smallholder value chains based on complex adaptive systems. Design/methodology/approach The authors review the application of the framework to three case studies and explore their implications. The authors reflect on the value of a framework based on complex adaptive systems compared to alternative frameworks. Findings The authors argue that the dynamics of smallholder value chains have received insufficient attention. Research limitations/implications By focusing on these dynamics and on the capacity for adaptation among value chain actors the framework provides a new perspective on smallholder value chains. Originality/value Complex adaptive systems provide a useful framework for analyzing value chain dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smallholder value chains, Agriculture, Development, Value chains, Adaptive systems
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Smallholder Agriculture
Others > Agricultural Economics
Others > Value Chains
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2018 06:38
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 06:51
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Acknowledgement: This paper forms part of a special section “Smallholder Value Chains as Complex Adaptive Systems.”
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