The Evolution of Animal Agricultural Systems and Supply Chains: Theory and Practice

  • Jennifer Ifft
  • David Zilberman
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 36)


The current efforts to find technical and policy solutions to zoonotic diseases, such as Avian Flu and Swine Flu, are part of a continuous process of evolution of production and supply chains for food and other agricultural products. This chapter provides a conceptual framework to analyze this coevolutionary process and, in particular, the role of technology, economics, and institutional factors as well as biological coevolution. This chapter will build upon the basic principles of production economics, theory of innovation, urban economics, and public finance to show how changes in relative prices, consumer preferences, and technological innovation affect the management and regulation of farming and, in particular, animal husbandry. This theoretical framework is then applied to poultry supply chains in Northern Vietnam.


Supply Chain Wholesale Market Concentrate Feed Chicken Breed Wholesale Trader 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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