Introduction to special issue: smallholder value chains as complex adaptive systems uri icon


  • PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to introduce a new conceptual framework for smallholder value chains based on complex adaptive systems.Design/methodology/approachThe 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.FindingsThe authors argue that the dynamics of smallholder value chains have received insufficient attention.Research limitations/implicationsBy focusing on these dynamics and on the capacity for adaptation among value chain actors the framework provides a new perspective on smallholder value chains.Originality/valueComplex adaptive systems provide a useful framework for analyzing value chain dynamics

publication date

  • 2018