Agri-food Supply Chain for Mitigation of Volatilities in the Role of Intermediary: A Case Study of a Mushroom Trading Company in Taiwan

  • Tzu-Yen HuangEmail author
  • Luisa Huaccho Huatuco
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 52)


The agri-food industry in Taiwan is facing many challenges, e.g. low level of food self-sufficiency due to small scale lands and ageing farmers, natural disasters accelerated by climate change. A case study of a mushroom trading company in Taiwan is presented. Face-to face semi-structured interviews, collection of company’s documents and field observations were carried out to study the volatilities from the supply side, demand side, macro environment and structural problems. The unpredictable changes or risks that cause the volatilities in agri-food supply chain are identified, also their effects on the company’s performance. Finally, some recommendations are provided to the company for developing a better strategy for mitigating the effects of such volatilities.


Agri-food supply chains Volatility Intermediary Case study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds University Business SchoolUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.The York Management SchoolUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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