An Overlook of the Economic Benefits of Value-Based Food Chains to Maintain Farms Operating in Less Favoured Areas

A Review Paper
Part of the Cooperative Management book series (COMA)


The aims of this paper go towards collecting and demonstrating the positive economic influences/effects of value-based food chains (known as food chains with added values) on the social and economic situation of farms. Especially this type of food chain can be recognized as very important for preserving the sustainable development of small farms located on hilly and mountain regions as well as on other less favoured areas. The results are based on the analysis of value-based food chains from Slovenian mountain regions. Added values are manifested through several economic parameters while the most important is the highest purchase prices of agricultural raw material. From the case study, the elasticity values were calculated for purchase prices of raw milk as the indicator to recognize the potential economic benefits. The authors have chosen two different methodological approaches for this study. Both of them are based on the empirical mathematical approach (econometric analysis).


Value-based food chains Purchase price of milk Econometric analysis Mountain farms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of MariborHočeSlovenia
  2. 2.Volgograd State Agrarian University, Prospekt UniversitetskiyVolgogradRussia

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