Information sharing and its integrative role: An empirical study of the malt barley value chain in Ethiopia

Mulugeta D. Watabaji, Adrienn Molnar, Robert D. Weaver, Manoj K. Dora, Xavier Gellynck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the volume and quality of information and communication channel use at various stages of the malt barley value chain (MBVC) in Ethiopia and to investigate how metrics of these variables influence the extent of integration of the chain. Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on survey data collected from 320 farmers and 100 traders and interview responses compiled from 76 respondents. Descriptive statistics and ordered logistic regression were used for data analysis. Findings: The descriptive statistics show a lower volume and poor quality of information is being shared at farmer-trader interface and that value chain integration (VCI) is weak at all studied interfaces. Results of ordered logistic regression show that information volume and quality positively influence VCI, whereas a positive relationship between channel use and VCI was found only at farm level interfaces. Evidences found suggested that inconsistent information systems, lack of information sharing plans, low level of members’ awareness about the value of information, and lack of trust to share information were factors that inhibited information sharing in the MBVC. Originality/value: The study offers pioneering evidence of the relative role of information volume and quality and channel use as factors that influence the extent of integration of the value chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3012-3029
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Food Journal
Volume118
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Fingerprint

Ethiopia
Information Dissemination
malt
Hordeum
supply chain
barley
Logistic Models
Information Systems
Communication
Interviews
statistics
farmers
Empirical study
Barley
Value chain
Information sharing
information systems
communication (human)
interviews
data analysis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science

Cite this

Watabaji, Mulugeta D. ; Molnar, Adrienn ; Weaver, Robert D. ; Dora, Manoj K. ; Gellynck, Xavier. / Information sharing and its integrative role : An empirical study of the malt barley value chain in Ethiopia. In: British Food Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 118, No. 12. pp. 3012-3029.
@article{e50b3e9ade574f2abcf7bccaa04656f4,
title = "Information sharing and its integrative role: An empirical study of the malt barley value chain in Ethiopia",
abstract = "Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the volume and quality of information and communication channel use at various stages of the malt barley value chain (MBVC) in Ethiopia and to investigate how metrics of these variables influence the extent of integration of the chain. Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on survey data collected from 320 farmers and 100 traders and interview responses compiled from 76 respondents. Descriptive statistics and ordered logistic regression were used for data analysis. Findings: The descriptive statistics show a lower volume and poor quality of information is being shared at farmer-trader interface and that value chain integration (VCI) is weak at all studied interfaces. Results of ordered logistic regression show that information volume and quality positively influence VCI, whereas a positive relationship between channel use and VCI was found only at farm level interfaces. Evidences found suggested that inconsistent information systems, lack of information sharing plans, low level of members’ awareness about the value of information, and lack of trust to share information were factors that inhibited information sharing in the MBVC. Originality/value: The study offers pioneering evidence of the relative role of information volume and quality and channel use as factors that influence the extent of integration of the value chain.",
author = "Watabaji, {Mulugeta D.} and Adrienn Molnar and Weaver, {Robert D.} and Dora, {Manoj K.} and Xavier Gellynck",
year = "2016",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1108/BFJ-11-2015-0423",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "118",
pages = "3012--3029",
journal = "British Food Journal",
issn = "0007-070X",
publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.",
number = "12",

}

Information sharing and its integrative role : An empirical study of the malt barley value chain in Ethiopia. / Watabaji, Mulugeta D.; Molnar, Adrienn; Weaver, Robert D.; Dora, Manoj K.; Gellynck, Xavier.

In: British Food Journal, Vol. 118, No. 12, 01.01.2016, p. 3012-3029.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Information sharing and its integrative role

T2 - An empirical study of the malt barley value chain in Ethiopia

AU - Watabaji, Mulugeta D.

AU - Molnar, Adrienn

AU - Weaver, Robert D.

AU - Dora, Manoj K.

AU - Gellynck, Xavier

PY - 2016/1/1

Y1 - 2016/1/1

N2 - Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the volume and quality of information and communication channel use at various stages of the malt barley value chain (MBVC) in Ethiopia and to investigate how metrics of these variables influence the extent of integration of the chain. Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on survey data collected from 320 farmers and 100 traders and interview responses compiled from 76 respondents. Descriptive statistics and ordered logistic regression were used for data analysis. Findings: The descriptive statistics show a lower volume and poor quality of information is being shared at farmer-trader interface and that value chain integration (VCI) is weak at all studied interfaces. Results of ordered logistic regression show that information volume and quality positively influence VCI, whereas a positive relationship between channel use and VCI was found only at farm level interfaces. Evidences found suggested that inconsistent information systems, lack of information sharing plans, low level of members’ awareness about the value of information, and lack of trust to share information were factors that inhibited information sharing in the MBVC. Originality/value: The study offers pioneering evidence of the relative role of information volume and quality and channel use as factors that influence the extent of integration of the value chain.

AB - Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the volume and quality of information and communication channel use at various stages of the malt barley value chain (MBVC) in Ethiopia and to investigate how metrics of these variables influence the extent of integration of the chain. Design/methodology/approach: The study is based on survey data collected from 320 farmers and 100 traders and interview responses compiled from 76 respondents. Descriptive statistics and ordered logistic regression were used for data analysis. Findings: The descriptive statistics show a lower volume and poor quality of information is being shared at farmer-trader interface and that value chain integration (VCI) is weak at all studied interfaces. Results of ordered logistic regression show that information volume and quality positively influence VCI, whereas a positive relationship between channel use and VCI was found only at farm level interfaces. Evidences found suggested that inconsistent information systems, lack of information sharing plans, low level of members’ awareness about the value of information, and lack of trust to share information were factors that inhibited information sharing in the MBVC. Originality/value: The study offers pioneering evidence of the relative role of information volume and quality and channel use as factors that influence the extent of integration of the value chain.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84994406634&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84994406634&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1108/BFJ-11-2015-0423

DO - 10.1108/BFJ-11-2015-0423

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84994406634

VL - 118

SP - 3012

EP - 3029

JO - British Food Journal

JF - British Food Journal

SN - 0007-070X

IS - 12

ER -