Information Systems and Food Supply Chains

This research area conducts thorough investigations to answer a myriad of questions related to agro-food economics arising from public administration, the private sector, and other not-for-profit entities (NGOs, sectorial associations, etc.). In this context, the research team tackles a wide variety of challenges, such as the design of insurance policies to cover agricultural rents, evaluation of public policies, value chain analyses, and fabrication of sectorial reports.

The work is largely quantitative, incorporating qualitative analysis methods where appropriate.

The research team is multidisciplinary, comprised primarily of economists but also incorporating the expertise of technicians from other fields such as political science and agricultural engineering.

CREDA has worked with numerous entities including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Spanish Food Information and Control Agency (AICA), Thünen Institute, the Spanish Association of Vegetable Producers (ANOVE), and the Spanish Association of Insurance Entities of Combined Agrarian Insurance (AGROSEGURO). Further, as a consortium partner of IRTA, CREDA collaborates in many of their projects related to agro-food economics.

Central themes include the sustainability of food and agrarian systems, economic valuation of ecosystem services, the perceptions and behaviours of different agents involved in the value chain, assessment of mechanisms and policies supporting these systems, and the livelihood strategies adopted by smallholders, examined specifically in relation to their resilience in the face of global change.

This dynamic vision of CREDA is applied to various research themes including food waste, extensive farming systems, and agroforestry systems, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science methodologies.

Head of Research Area