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The Evolution of Animal Agricultural Systems and Supply Chains: Theory and Practice

In: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries

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  • Jennifer Ifft

    (University of California)

  • David Zilberman

    (University of California)

Abstract

The current efforts to find technical and policy solutions to zoonotic diseases, such as Avian Flu and Swine Flu, are part of a continuous process of evolution of production and supply chains for food and other agricultural products. This chapter provides a conceptual framework to analyze this coevolutionary process and, in particular, the role of technology, economics, and institutional factors as well as biological coevolution. This chapter will build upon the basic principles of production economics, theory of innovation, urban economics, and public finance to show how changes in relative prices, consumer preferences, and technological innovation affect the management and regulation of farming and, in particular, animal husbandry. This theoretical framework is then applied to poultry supply chains in Northern Vietnam.

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  • Jennifer Ifft & David Zilberman, 2012. "The Evolution of Animal Agricultural Systems and Supply Chains: Theory and Practice," Natural Resource Management and Policy, in: David Zilberman & Joachim Otte & David Roland-Holst & Dirk Pfeiffer (ed.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 31-56, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nrmchp:978-1-4419-7077-0_3
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_3
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