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A planetary boundaries perspective on the sustainability - resilience relationship in the Kenyan tea supply chain

journal contribution
posted on 27.04.2021, 14:55 by George Mutugu Mwangi, Stella Despoudi, Oscar Rodriguez Espindola, Konstantina Spanaki, Thanos Papadopoulos
The purpose of this paper is to examine whether Agricultural Supply Chains (ASC) can be simultaneously sustainable and resilient to ecological disruptions, using the Planetary Boundaries theory. The nine different Planetary Boundaries i.e. climatic change, biodiversity loss, biogeochemical, ocean acidification, land use, freshwater availability, stratosphere ozone depletion, atmospheric aerosols and chemical pollution are examined in relation to ASC sustainability and resilience. Kenya’s tea upstream supply chain sustainability and resilience from the ecological point of view is questioned. This study adopts a multi-case study analysis approach of nine producer organisations from Kenya’s tea supply chain. The data from the in-depth semi-structured interviews and a focus group discussion are analysed using thematic analysis. The Kenyan tea supply chain producers are not aware of all the nine planetary boundaries, although these impact on their resilience practices. They are engaged in pursuing both sustainability and resilience practices. They implement mainly environmental practices in relation to sustainability, while only a few of them are implementing resilience practices. The sustainability and resilience concepts were found to be interrelated, but resilience does not improve at the same pace as sustainability. It is suggested that the relationship between sustainability and resilience is non-linear. Limitations and future research avenues are also provided.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Annals of Operations Research

Publisher

Springer (part of Springer Nature)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Annals of Operations Research. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI].

Acceptance date

27/04/2021

ISSN

0254-5330

eISSN

1572-9338

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Konstantina Spanaki. Deposit date: 27 April 2021

Exports

Loughborough Publications

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