Each company in the agricultural value chain should benefit from equal opportunities, from a cocoa farmer in Ghana to major European fruit and vegetable traders and from street vendors in Thailand to multinational online retailers. But all too often, trade barriers and unfairtrade practices stand in the way of fair pricing and fair margins for every link in the production chain. Wageningen Economic Research supports companies and policy makers in striking the proper balance between individual business objectives on the one hand and social objectives on the other, for instance, when it comes to poverty reduction and sustainability.
We have a wealth of business economic information, market data, knowledge of the balance of power in agricultural value chains, international competition laws and price formation and volatility analyses. We use this data in econometric time series analysis and state-of-the-art data science. This provides special insights into the functioning of markets, ranging from the effects of fraud on agricultural futures markets and on the business economic position of manufacturing and trading companies to the financial consequences of Brexit for European manufacturing and trading companies.