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Understanding the complexity of the Indonesian fresh mango industry in delivering quality to markets: A systems thinking approach

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Kiloes, A. M., Muflikh, Y. N., Joyce, D. C. and Abdul Aziz, A. (2023) Understanding the complexity of the Indonesian fresh mango industry in delivering quality to markets: A systems thinking approach. Food Policy, 118 . p. 102497. ISSN 0306-9192

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2023.102497

Publisher URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306919223000957


In response to anticipated export demand growth and the expansion of the modern domestic market, the Indonesian mango industry faces both opportunities and challenges in elevating the production of high-quality mangoes. This industry’s complexity, characterised by various actors with wide-ranging interests, poses a key challenge. We implemented a systems thinking approach in this study to comprehend this complex Indonesian mango value chain and identify deep-rooted issues that could obstruct high-quality mango production. Our research employed participatory group model building with primary actors and stakeholders, which disclosed that conventional agricultural management practices, inadequate postharvest handling, and a lack of coordinated quality standards are key drivers of low-quality mango production. By utilising system archetypes—interpretive tools capturing complex food system behaviour—we demonstrate that adopting clear market orientation through mutual contractual arrangements and fostering collaboration among key actors can significantly influence high-quality mango production. This study provides a nuanced understanding of the underlying factors affecting system behaviour over time, a component often overlooked in traditional value chain analysis. As a result, policy formulation can better address the root causes of Indonesia’s low production of high-quality mangoes.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Keywords:The Indonesian mango industry Systems thinking Group model building Causal loop diagram System archetypes
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Plant culture > Food crops
Plant culture > Horticulture. Horticultural crops
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture
Live Archive:26 Jun 2023 23:49
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