The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new conceptual framework for smallholder value chains based on complex adaptive systems.
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.
The authors argue that the dynamics of smallholder value chains have received insufficient attention.
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.
Complex adaptive systems provide a useful framework for analyzing value chain dynamics.
This paper forms part of a special section “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, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 2-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-11-2017-0123
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