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2019 Autumn - Disruptions in agricultural trade

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FPJ1601H - Admassu, S (2019), The role of technology in improving food trade

FPJ1601H - Admassu, S (2019), The role of technology in improving food trade, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, Autumn 2019, pp. 45-54, Surry Hills, Australia.

The inefficiency of the traditional food supply chain (FSC) is causing significant revenue loss for Australian farm enterprises via both food loss and food fraud. This article evaluates available literature and data to assess the benefit of new FSC technologies to enhance Australian agricultural trade efficiency. The literature reveals the increasing cases of food fraud that damage the reputation of genuine producers – an issue Australian agriculture should focus on, to preserve the country’s good reputation for food quality and safety domestically and abroad which underpins successful trade relationships. The article argues that despite slow current adoption, FSC technologies such as blockchain have untapped potential to transform Australian agricultural trade by addressing food fraud, counterfeits and waste.



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