South-African and Dutch research institutes and business partners collaborated in several pilot
projects for improving logistical performance and quality performance to strengthen the market position of South-African fruit after deregulation of the domestic market. Based on participatory problem assessment, it was concluded that major bottlenecks for realizing fully integrated exchange of information were far less of a the technical nature (hardware and software), but had to do with the cost side and the `human¿ nature, e.g., education, procedures, data accuracy, mistrust, competition, institutional capacities and organization. Pilots were conducted to improve inter-company planning, coordination and information exchange, and to enhance the role of the government in moving towards standardization.
|Title of host publication||The agro-food chains and networks for development|
|Editors||R. Ruben, M. Slingerland, H. Nijhoff|
|Place of Publication||Berlin [etc.]|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Name||Wageningen UR Frontis Series|