Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural
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Governance in agrifood global value chain: the scientific field in the recent 15 years1

Governança na cadeia global de valor agroalimentar: o campo científico nos últimos 15 anos

Amanda Ferreira Guimarães; Priscila Duarte Malanski; Sandra Mara de Alencar Schiavi; Mélise Dantas Machado Bouroullec

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Abstract

Sustainable agrifood global value chains depend on chain governance by the lead firm and transaction governance. However, the link between them is still unclear. We therefore investigated the scientific field on “governance in agrifood global value chain” over 15 years in the Scopus and Web of Science databases through two analyses: a descriptive bibliometric and a keywords co-occurrence analysis. Our descriptive results show that the research on the theme has increased over the years, with a concentration of the papers published in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, with emphasis on Wageningen University. The network graph showed a multidisciplinary theoreticomplcal field and four axes: chain governance; transaction governance; horizontal relationships; political and structural elements. The chain and the transaction governance are indirectly linked by the concept of upgrading, compromising sustainability’s holistic view. Although the sustainability of the chain depends on both levels of governance, this bibliometric study showed that there is a gap to be filled in this topic. We propose a study in the light of both concepts, considering upgrading, vertical and horizontal relationships, as well as public policies.

Keywords

upgrading, food system, agribusiness, transition, institution

Resumo

Resumo:: Cadeias globais de valor agroalimentares sustentáveis dependem da governança da cadeia pela empresa líder e governança da transação. No entanto, a ligação entre elas ainda não está clara. Investigou-se, portanto, o campo científico sobre “governança na cadeia global de valor agroalimentar” em um período de 15 anos, nas bases de dados Scopus e Web of Science, por meio de duas análises: uma bibliométrica descritiva e uma análise de co-ocorrência de palavras-chave. Os resultados descritivos mostram que a pesquisa sobre o tema tem aumentado ao longo dos anos, com uma concentração de publicação em países como os Estados Unidos, Reino Unido e Holanda, com destaque para a Universidade de Wageningen. O gráfico de rede mostrou um campo teórico multidisciplinar e quatro eixos: governança da cadeia; governança de transações; relações horizontais; elementos políticos e estruturais. Governança da cadeia e da transação estão indiretamente ligadas pelo conceito de upgrading, comprometendo uma visão holística sobre sustentabilidade. Embora a sustentabilidade da cadeia dependa dos dois níveis de governança, este estudo bibliométrico mostrou que há uma lacuna a ser preenchida nesse tema. Propomos um estudo integrando ambos os conceitos, considerando upgrading, relações verticais e horizontais, bem como políticas públicas.
 

Palavras-chave

upgrading, sistema alimentar, agronegócio, transição, instituição

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