Value chains with regional processing and marketing
Value chains with regional processing and marketing are an oft-publicised developmental approach for the mountain area. From an agricultural perspective, this approach aims for as strong an integration as possible of the value chains into the regional economic cycles, ‘from production to marketing’.
Over the past few years – particularly in the mountain area – investments in local processing establishments were made in a number of instances with the aim of promoting regional development. By incorporating value chains in the regional economy, an attempt is made to contribute to economic development in the mountain area, by using regional processing and marketing as tools to maintain or promote value-added and employment in this region. In addition to the market and production potential, criteria for the assessment of processing and marketing initiatives of this nature are the economic profitability and stability of the farms, ecological efficiency, and the social sustainability of the players involved.
It is anticipated that the module will be subdivided into three core themes:
- Economic and ecological efficiency of regional processing and of different value chains
- Marketing products from the mountain area
- Potentials of regional processing and marketing
The module takes up regional processing and marketing as an approach for boosting value-added in mountain areas, not least of all since there are likely to be relatively tight limits from an economic and ecological point of view.