Agriculture problem: Competitiveness

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Literature review: Competitiveness problem for Agriculture

The “Ten Problems for Agriculture in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form of journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. climate change, 
  2. precision agriculture,
  3. crop planning,
  4. climate-smart,
  5. soil ecosystem,
  6. entrepreneurship,
  7. competitiveness,
  8. sustainability,
  9. developing countries,
  10. biological control.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

7 Competitiveness

THE PROBLEM – Agriculture competitiveness measured against attainable benchmarks is the suggested path forward for governments, institutions and farmers at local level everywhere. Analyzing and adopting better practices from more evolved areas help avoid mistakes in planning and expenditure, that’s why single case studies and comparative case studies are abundant in the literature. Market penetration and output value improve wherever better quality standards of farm products and market practices are achieved.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — In general, the functioning of the wholesale and distribution centers is a timely and necessary condition for improving the competitiveness of agricultural products. Four specified priority areas exist: the improvement of technological and market infrastructure; strengthening integration in the agri-food sector; providing access to production factors; and improving rural infrastructure. The dependence of gross agricultural products also depends on the amount of budget expenditures on agriculture. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil’s currency depreciated further, and its economy slowed, spurring Brazil’s agricultural export growth. One of the major deficiencies of the direct payments scheme envisaged under the current European Common Agricultural Policy is that it allocates more resources to already developed agricultural sectors. Mobile e-commerce platforms, agricultural product logistics management, customer management and service level help rural areas the most. The optimization effect of industrial structure is significant for both high quality and sustainable development to be realized. Agricultural production efficiency is still much higher in developed countries, though. Long-term and sustainable agri-trade development can only be assured when agricultural products are competitive in regional and global trade. Poorer countries benefit from its accession to regional and global trade blocks, especially in terms of the ease of access to external markets.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Agriculture in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 5 Dec 2020, now on sale as version 1.1

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