AGRICOMPET - Governing the agri-food supply chain: how to improve smallholders competitiveness

About Us

The project aims at invigorating the competitiveness of farmers and SMEs in the Mediterranean agri-food sector by proposing and piloting a menu of innovative governance and marketing solutions. These solutions try to deal with the producer fragmentation and the lack of a customer-oriented approach that typically burden the upstream stages of the Mediterranean food supply chain. To this end, our research focuses on two main ways of improving smallholder competitiveness and strengthening their position in the value chain. On the one hand, we focus on Cooperatives and other POs (WP1) and Geographical Indications of origin (GIs) (WP2), as fundamental tools for achieving cooperation and integration in agri-food chains. On the other, we consider new market opportunities for smallholders (WP3) arising from technology (e.g., e-commerce) and regulation (e.g., public procurement).

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Period of Implementations

Sep 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2024

Total Budget

EUR 2.066.192,00

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Goals

The AGRICOMPET project aims at creating a menu of solutions to help small producers and processors improve their competitiveness.

Objectives

We direct our effort towards two main ways of improving smallholder competitiveness and strengthening their position in the value chain. The first concerns facilitating cooperation among small producers to pool resources and encourage collective action, in order to improve their efficiency and bargaining power. Our research interests in this area are (WP1) Cooperatives and other POs and (WP2) Geographical indications of origin (GIs), as fundamental tools for achieving cooperation and integration in agri-food chains. The second way of improving competitiveness is to seize the opportunities arising from technology (e.g., e-commerce) and regulation (e.g., public procurement) to access to new market (WP3).

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