3. Climate change adaptation and food supply chain management

Ari Paloviita & Marja Järvelä (ed.).
Routledge, forthcoming 2015.


Climate change is one of the key drivers for transformations in food supply chains. Vulnerabilities of the food supply chain to climatic change can be decreased by enhancing adaptive capacity of food chain actors and activities. This book highlights the issue of climate adaptation in food supply chains, management and policy implications as well as addresses the importance of supply chain resilience. Majority of food-related climate adaptation literature is focused on agricultural sector only and neglects the other aspects of the food supply chain.

However, direct climate impact risks faced by agricultural sector and local communities are also risks to businesses and food supply chain, because the success of the entire food supply chain depends on the prosperity of farms and local communities. Hence, resilience at farm level, community level and business level should be desired outcomes in food supply chain policy and management. Attention is given to each phase of the supply chain: input production, agriculture, food processing, retailing, consumption and post-consumption.

This book integrates various approaches related to sustainability, resilience and climate adaptation drawing from environmental management, environmental policy, agro-ecology, sociology and behavioral sciences. It examines the vulnerabilities of contemporary food supply chains but also the opportunities and competitive advantages related to climate change.

The authors argue for a redefinition of the way food supply chains are operated, located and coordinated and propose a novel approach enhancing climate-resilient food supply chain policy and management. Several case studies and reviews in European context demonstrate the trans-disciplinary challenges related to such successful climate adaptation.