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Title:Specifying the structure of the soybean-meat value chain: a taxonomical approach
Author(s):Bautista Chaparro, Andres Alberto
Advisor(s):Goldsmith, Peter D.
Department / Program:Agricultrual & Consumer Economics
Discipline:Agricultural & Applied Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
value chain
cluster analysis
Abstract:As family’s income around the world has been increasing in recent years, the demand for chicken meat and pork has been growing. Moreover, this trend is expected to continue in the next decades. In the other hand, world’s soybean production is also forecasted to increase at a steady rate in the next decades. Despite that soybean is a crucial primary input in meat production, very often the research found in literature does not consider the complete value chain from soybean to meat production. This approach hinders the possibility to study the interaction between soybean and meat production. This thesis takes an alternative approach and examine the soybean-meat value chain at a global scale. The main purpose of this work was to provide a specification of the soybean-meat value chain, and ultimately explain the soybean-meat relationship at the country level. In this purpose global value chain (GVC) analysis, cluster analysis, and regression analysis were combined into one research methodology that is proposed as a more robust alternative to traditional GVC analysis. The analysis permitted to provide a description of the soybean-meat GVC and to develop a taxonomy of the archetypal value-adding strategies used by countries to produce meat. Different strategies to produce meat were found. In this context, it was evidenced that soybean production is not a necessary nor sufficient condition to produce meat at the country level. Having access (through a GVC) to soybean meal and soybean is then the necessary condition to produce meat. Meat production at the country level was found to be mainly determined by the domestic meat demand.
Issue Date:2015-07-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Andres Bautista Chaparro
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-29
Date Deposited:August 201

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