RE-thinking agricultural supply chains in Northern Australia

Babacan, Hurriyet, and McHugh, Jennifer (2020) RE-thinking agricultural supply chains in Northern Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 26 (3). pp. 239-268.

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Abstract

Realizing the potential for growth and capitalizing on opportunities for Northern Australia requires effective supply chain networks. Agriculture is an important sector in the Northern Australian economy with significant production capabilities and the potential for creating national economic benefits. Northern Australia’s fundamental supply chain deficiency constitutes the key source of comparative disadvantage the region faces, despite its significant resources, people and locational advantages. Drawing on reviews of several previous studies, critical analysis of the current value chain situations and consultations with key stakeholders, this article argues that there is a need to re-thinking agricultural supply chains in Northern Australia. Several issues impeding the connectivity between production and market require systematic consideration, including the priorities for Northern agricultural development, integrated supply chain planning, workforce shortages and skills gaps, supply chain infrastructure, capitalizing on Asian market opportunities, transport and non-freight subsidies, east-west and north-south supply chain hubs and improved coordination and collaboration. Corona Virus Disease-2019 has had serious impacts across the supply chains; therefore, re-thinking supply chains is crucial as the business as usual approach is not sustainable. It is now a critical time to re-think supply chains to address the challenges of developing effective and resilient Northern supply chains to enhance agricultural expansion and boost the national economy.

Item ID: 65746
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-0935
Copyright Information: (C) Regional Science Association
Funders: Rural Economies Centre of Excellence
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2021 01:54
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified @ 60%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains > 350908 Road transportation and freight services @ 20%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains > 350901 Air transportation and freight services @ 20%
SEO Codes: 88 TRANSPORT > 8801 Ground Transport > 880102 Rail Infrastructure and Networks @ 35%
88 TRANSPORT > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks @ 35%
88 TRANSPORT > 8899 Other Transport > 889902 Multimodal Transport @ 30%
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