agriculture value chain Articles

  • `Good Agricultural Practices’ in the Agri-food Supply Chain

    Keywords: Voluntary private standard schemes, food quality, food safety, ethical production, environmental standards, SPS Agreement, TBT Agreement, market entry barriers, product liability. Abstract: Criteria defining 'good agricultural practice' (GAP) were originally developed for on-farm production methods and resource use. For a decade, GAP principles have been applied ...


  • Editorial: The urgent need to transform small-scale subsistence farming in Africa towards sustainable agribusiness value-chains

    A recent article on 'Why African farmers fail' (http://www.southerntimesafrica.com) bemoaned the lack of progress in transforming agriculture for economic development in Africa. This Editorial outlines some of the responses to that article and discusses the problems raised.Keywords: Africa, subsistence farming, sustainable agribusiness, small-scale farming, agribusiness value chains, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Paradigm of value-driven and community-based precision farming

    This paper describes a Japanese model of community-based precision farming and learning groups of farmers and companies. The community-based precision farming is a new regional farming system to get high profitability and reliability under regional and environmental constraints, promoted by wisdom farmers and technology platform, through creating both information-oriented fields and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Value of Humic Substances in the Carbon Lifecycle of Crops

    Everyone who works in agriculture is aware of the basic lifecycle of crops: plants are seeded, they are nourished and they grow, they are harvested, and what is not consumed by (us) higher life forms is returned to the soil—where it is broken down through mineralization and by microorganisms so that it can be used to nourish the next cycle of crops. That relatively simple scenario is ...

  • The Importance of Scales in the Agricultural & Farming Industry

    Weighing scales are essential and necessary equipment required for a wide range of applications. Whether intended for personal, industrial or commercial use, they serve one important function – providing accurate weight measurements for varied loads. In the agricultural sector, scales are indispensable tools and without them, it would be almost impossible to manage farms or carry out trade! ...


    By Quality Scales Unlimited

  • Looking for alternatives: the construction of the organic beef chain in Mugello, Tuscany

    There is a growing consensus that organic farming is undergoing critical changes as it is integrated into food chains. A situation of 'deadly embrace' between organic and retail chains can be observed and explained by the appropriation of both the alternative values and the economic benefits associated with the organic food production by the 'dominant' actors within the conventional agro-food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Values of organic producers converting at different times: results of a focus group study in five European countries

    This paper presents the results of a focus group study of the values of organic producers entering the sector at different times in Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland. As well as expressing values widely associated with organic farming, such as food quality, health and environmental protection, they also mentioned professional challenge, fairness in the food chain, and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Organic agriculture as a new player in sustainable regional development? Case studies of rural areas in Eastern Germany

    The paper analyses the possible effects of organic agriculture on sustainable regional development in peripheral Eastern German regions, drawing on results from two recent research projects taking two different but complementary perspectives on the organic sector. One project, 'Regional wealth reconsidered', analysed a broad variety of economic, ecological, social and cultural activities in the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Modern food supply technology `key to affordable food`

    The modernisation of farm-to-market supply chains is important for increasing farmers' income, alleviating poverty, cutting food waste and improving the affordability of food staples, according to the authors of a book. The Quiet Revolution in Staple Food Value Chains: Enter the Dragon, the Elephant, and the Tiger is a joint ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dirty, ugly mining has lessons for Hi Tech!

    The mining industry has become relatively good at figuring out how to organize itself to create local benefits and value as a by-product of its core business operations. In general mining goes beyond simply meeting regulatory requirements on environment, labour, safety, etc. and is actually creating additional value for local communities through targeted development programs and efforts. From ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Elemental composition of Jamaican foods 1: A survey of five food crop categories

    The concentrations of 27 elements in Jamaican food categories consisting of fruit, legumes, leafy and root vegetables and other root crops are reported. The main analytical techniques used were neutron activation analysis and flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The results are compared, where possible, with values from Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and ...


    By Springer

  • Multiple sources of local knowledge: a global review of ways to reduce nuisance from the beneficial weaver ant Oecophylla

    The weaver ants Oecophylla smaragdina and O. longinoda are abundant in tropical Asia, Australia and Africa. Although local people and a handful of scientists appreciate the benefits these tree-dwelling ants bring in terms of medicinal and food source, protection of tree crops, and enhancement of fruit and nut quality, Oecophylla has one major drawback: it also bites people. Perception of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The cloud isn`t just for rain anymore

    Precision agriculture has been a key enabling technology to achieve higher yields with lower cost and less environmental impact, while keeping the cost of food fairly stable Has global agricultural productivity increased or decreased in the last 25 years? It has, in fact, more than doubled since 1985. Next to advances in seed genetics, precision agriculture has been a key enabling ...

  • FAO, Rabobank Foundation to scale up East Africa partnership

    Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will expand their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in three countries in East Africa. In 2013, FAO and Rabobank Foundation began a partnership by collaborating on projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya focused on boosting food security through rural agricultural development. All three projects were ...


    By TractorExport

  • Food security demands diversity

    The challenge calls for divergent solutions — small-scale, tech-based initiatives as much as long-term research. Last month our Spotlight pages explored sustainable food production — how farmers can grow more food with scarce resources, and within ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The 11 most important forests in the world

    You might not think of eastern Australia as one of the hot spots of global deforestation. But it ranks right up there with the Amazon and Sumatra in a new report by WWF highlighting key areas of focus for efforts to protect forestlands around the world. Forests are of particular importance to global efforts to maintain a healthy environment because they contain much of the world’s ...


    By Ensia

  • Compost stability: a comparative evaluation of respirometric techniques

    The new Paradigm in waste management promotes attitudes and processes that conserve resources and reduce pollution. Under this philosophy, organic waste is increasingly recognised as a recyclable material, a useful resource, making composting one of the key elements of modern waste management. As the composting industry is expanding rapidly there is a growing need for a simple, fast, relatively ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Environment v economic downturn

    Trucost research for the TEEB for Business Coalition Natural Capital at Risk finds that the environmental costs of business are costing the global economy $7.3 trillion a year (equivalent to the GDP of China) from the loss of natural resources and ecosystem services, greenhouse gas ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Precision Scouting Drones

    The Rise of Precision Scouting Drones A few weeks ago, I attended a summit at Louisiana State University regarding precision scouting drones and their application in agriculture. It was a wonderfully informational gathering of agronomists, producers, and a few lucky industry types like myself. Professors and agronomic experts from the LSU Extension Service presented their ...


    By Sentera, LLC

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