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Traceability systems as a differentiation tool in agri-food value chains: a framework for public policies in Latin America

Traceability systems as a differentiation tool in agri-food value chains: a framework for public... The goal of this paper is to develop a classification of traceability systems that will help academics and policymakers think of them as a tool for differentiation in agri-food value chains.Design/methodology/approachBased on the analysis of case studies and a literature review, the authors develop a conceptual framework to classify traceability systems based on two dimensions: their scope in the value chain (individual vs integrated) and the type of information they contain (basic vs advanced).FindingsIntegrated traceability systems provide a variety of benefits vis-à-vis individual systems as a tool to achieve greater product differentiation by meeting current and latent requirements from foreign countries' governments and consumers. Also they serve as a platform for including advanced (vis-à-vis basic) information into the system.Research limitations/implicationsA series of studies would be required to quantify the relative costs of different traceability systems and compare them on a cost-benefit basis. Nevertheless, since integrated traceability systems are subject to coordination failures, significant public focus and efforts should be placed on the potential promotion of those systems.Originality/valueThis paper provides a novel classification of traceability systems that distinguishes them according to scope and information content. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies Emerald Publishing

Traceability systems as a differentiation tool in agri-food value chains: a framework for public policies in Latin America

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2044-0839
DOI
10.1108/jadee-10-2021-0272
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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to develop a classification of traceability systems that will help academics and policymakers think of them as a tool for differentiation in agri-food value chains.Design/methodology/approachBased on the analysis of case studies and a literature review, the authors develop a conceptual framework to classify traceability systems based on two dimensions: their scope in the value chain (individual vs integrated) and the type of information they contain (basic vs advanced).FindingsIntegrated traceability systems provide a variety of benefits vis-à-vis individual systems as a tool to achieve greater product differentiation by meeting current and latent requirements from foreign countries' governments and consumers. Also they serve as a platform for including advanced (vis-à-vis basic) information into the system.Research limitations/implicationsA series of studies would be required to quantify the relative costs of different traceability systems and compare them on a cost-benefit basis. Nevertheless, since integrated traceability systems are subject to coordination failures, significant public focus and efforts should be placed on the potential promotion of those systems.Originality/valueThis paper provides a novel classification of traceability systems that distinguishes them according to scope and information content.

Journal

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging EconomiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 2, 2022

Keywords: Traceability; Agri-food value chains; Latin America

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