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Information sharing in African perishable agri-food supply chains: a systematic literature review and research agenda

Edwin Obonyo (Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya)
Marco Formentini (Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Povo, Italy)
S. Wagura Ndiritu (Strathmore University Business School, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya)
Dag Naslund (Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 22 May 2023




The aim of this paper is to provide a review of state-of-the-art literature on information sharing in the context of African perishable agri-food supply chains (AFSCs). In doing so, the authors hope to stimulate further research and advance both theory and practice on African perishable AFSCs, which is a relevant, but under-investigated context.


The authors’ systematic literature review covers a period of 21 years (2000–2021). After providing the bibliometric and methodological insights related to this sample of literature, the authors provide a detailed analysis and discussion of the key aspects of information sharing in African perishable AFSCs, based on a review framework grounded in the information sharing literature.


The authors’ review revealed that information sharing in African AFSCs is still in its nascent stage. Findings are based on four themes of (1) why share information (mainly to gain market access), (2) what information is shared (price and market information) (3) how it is shared (still traditional communication, with limited adoption of digital technologies?) and (4) antecedents, drivers and barriers (technology adoption and socio-economic background of Africans).

Research limitations/implications

This paper outlines a research agenda for advancing the theory on information sharing in AFSCs. Furthermore, the review highlights the importance of context, supply chain structure, relationships, product characteristics and culture in studying AFSCs.


A review on information sharing in African perishable AFSCs does not appear to exist in operations and supply chain management (O&SCM) and agribusiness journals.



Obonyo, E., Formentini, M., Ndiritu, S.W. and Naslund, D. (2023), "Information sharing in African perishable agri-food supply chains: a systematic literature review and research agenda", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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