Innovative business models in European agrifood systems: governance issues in an era of digitalization, societal demand and environmental challenges

Maeve Henchion,Constantine Iliopoulos, Loïc Sauvée
1 - TEAGASC Carlow Ireland, 2 - Agricultural Economics Research Institute Athens Greece, 3- IFAMA Europe Chairman, UniLaSalle Rouen France
Published in International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Resource type:
Peer review

The article highlights significant changes in European agrifood systems, focusing on three key factors: digitalization, societal demands, and environmental considerations. Digitalization reshapes transactions and introduces new players, impacting agriculture, food processing, and retailing. Societal demands emphasize inclusion, equity, and nutritional aspects, placing challenges at the core of agrifood systems.

Environmental factors, including climate change and circular economy principles, offer opportunities for innovative governance structures. The article stresses the need for holistic approaches and new business models in response to these changes. It features research articles exploring digital technology's role in collective governance, performance evaluation of cooperatives, international competitiveness in olive oil exports, urban agriculture's governance and value distribution, alternative business structures for generational renewal in farming, and the potential role of cooperatives in evolving agri-advisory services.

The overarching theme advocates for innovative governance structures to address evolving challenges in the European agrifood landscape.

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