Analysis of agricultural value chains

The analysis of agricultural value chains is carried out from different angles depending on the research project and the research question. By applying potential analysis, barriers and challenges that individual actors in the value chain have to overcome in order to bring little-used or forgotten arable crops out of their niche and enable broader market access, are identified. Life cycle assessments examine holistically the underlying material cycles of selected value chains. The management of value chains is evaluated considering forms of cooperation, power relations and organisational forms of the actors involved.

>> In our research, agricultural value chains are viewed and evaluated holistically. In our methodological approaches, all actors in the value chain are taken into account.

Consideration of the Wood Value Chain

Wood is the most abundant renewable resource in terms of quantity that can be used to practically implement a bioeconomy strategy (a policy that was developed in Austria in 2019). The modelling of the wood value chain makes it possible to use scenario techniques to illustrate how different actors in the chain might possibly be affected by innovation, i.e. in terms of new products and/or processes. This can guide decisions both on the corporate and the political level.

>> In our research, we model the wood value chain in order to illustrate the possible effects of innovation on the different actors in the chain.