Local and international valorization of Mediterranean agrifood products through quality certifications. The case of North African Dates

List of participants

  • Coordinator : Polydisciplinary Faculty of Errachidia – FPE, Morocco
  • Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Développement- CREAD, Algeria
  • Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (Industrial Engineering Department) – ENP, Algeria
  • Bejaia University, Research Unit LaMOS (Modeling and Optimisation of Systems) – UAMB-LAMOS, Algeria
  • Biskra University, The research laboratory DEDSPAZA – DEDSPAZA, Algeria
  • CIHEAM-Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier – CIHEAM-IAMM, France
  • Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis – ISG, Tunisia

Project summary
The main objective of this research project is to explore ways of improving the value in the dates supply chains in three Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia called “South”) and one Northern country (France, called “North”). The overall objective of the project is to analyze the constraints and opportunities associated with the national and international development of the Dates sector in the southern countries targeted by the project, through the implementation of quality marks. Indeed, the project aims to identify and evaluate,
through an analysis of the interactions between the public and private strategies and modes of professional organizations, the effectiveness of value creation dynamics for a local Mediterranean products: dates. To reach this goal, the project starts from the idea that the behavior of local value chains stakeholders are strategic responses to government actions.
We will analyze these complex interactions, identifying their effects on the formation of prices in domestic markets and on the access to domestic and international markets. The project will consist of three main axes: ii) Market opportunities and supply chain organization for local agrifood products in domestic markets, ii) International food Supply-chains: structure, strategies and value sharing, and iii) Consumer perceptions, expectations and attitudes towards mark signs of the local product studied. ValueTeam will address the issues raised above through
new methodological approaches, including value chain approach with focus on quantitative analysis, models of industrial organization and models of operational research, applied on data collected from field surveys. The mechanisms of coordination and management of professional organizations will be analyzed as well as to assess their capacity to promote the emergence of dynamic valuable supply of local products along with fair distribution of value throughout the selected supply chains in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.