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Adaptive Value Chains

To better understand the impacts of climate change on supply chains, several case studies were completed on different food products. These case studies mapped the value chain of the products, and identified impacts and adaption strategies at each stage. 

The case study process involved interviews with management representatives from participating businesses, and included growers, directors, and procurement, sales and logistics managers. The researchers also ‘walked the chain’; visiting growers and processing plants. This process provided an understanding of operation and management practices, and the roles and activities conducted across the whole value chain.

The findings from value chain analysis, consumer research, carbon and water footprint assessment and adaptation planning are integrated as case studies, as data for these research activities have been collected in the context of each of the three value chains featured in this study. 

How case studies were approached is depicted below. 

Adaptive value chains research design

The Adaptive Value Chains project research design

Smith's Potato Chips


Featuring insights from value chain analysis, consumer research and carbon and water footprint assessment, this case study demonstrates the balance that value chains need to strike between productivity, sustainability and adaptation goals in order to remain competitive. 

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The Smiths value chain climate impacts and adaptation

Download the Case Study Factsheet (PDF 218 KB). 

CalypsoTM Mangoes


This case study illustrates how companies can consider climate change impacts and adaptation across the value chain.

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The Calypso value chain climate impacts and adaptation

Treasury Wine Estates Wine


This case study demonstrates how supply chain management competitive strategies support chain-based adaptation and mitigation. 

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The Treasury Wine Estates value chain climate impacts and adaptation

Download the Case Study Factsheet (PDF 227 KB).