Trade Relationships in the European Pork Value Chain: a Network Analysis

Eduardo Barberis, Daniela Freddi, Raffaele Giammetti, Paolo Polidori, Désirée Teobaldelli, Elena Viganò
2020 Economia agro-alimentare / Food Economy  
This article aims to analyse the European pig sector and its transformations (e.g. vertical integration and phase specialization).In particular, we will both explore the specialization and territorial concentration of pig production, and the significant changes which have taken place in the trade among European Union countries. Using the network analysis (betweenness centrality, node strength and community detection) applied to Eurostat and fao datasets on production and trade in the period
more » ... -2016, we will show the emergence of national players and international connections that lead to a larger continental market. Finally, this evidence will be used in the discussion and conclusion to raise wider concerning the working of agrifoodvalue chains, in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability, as well as regulation. This calls for more interdisciplinary analyses of value chains.
doi:10.3280/ecag1-2020oa10070 fatcat:woztuvhsvvb3rc2q65hxi5bb2y