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Report on Information and Material Flow Analysis for the selected case studies


The overall objective of the VALUMICS project is to produce a comprehensive suite of approaches and tools that will enable decision makers to evaluate the impact of strategic and operational policies on resilience, integrity and sustainability of European food value chains.

This report presents the results from Task 4.4 - information and material flow analysis. The objective of Task 4.4 is to analyse the information and material flows in the selected case studies and to study their impact on supply chain decision making.

The research draws on existing literature and national statistics for the material flow analysis. Sankey diagrams are used to represent the material flows. Several stakeholder interviews were conducted for understand the decision-making mechanisms in the Norwegian farmed salmon and Czech wheat case studies.

This deliverable provides the methodological approach for conducting the material and information flow analysis for different case studies selected in VALUMICS. Material flow analyses from nine case studies from the five European food value chains are presented: Farmed salmon to fillet (Norway), Cattle to beef (UK, Germany), Dairy (France, Germany, UK), Wheat to bread (France, Czech Republic), Tomato to processed tomato (North Italy). Material flows for the tomato case study are reported by market channels while for other case studies, the material flows are reported focussing on the entire value chain from production to distribution stages. Information needs connected to supply chains decision mechanisms are presented for two case studies: Farmed salmon (Norway) and Wheat (Czech Republic) which are used as an example to illustrate the methodological approach in alignment with WP5 (Task 5.2) and WP7 (Task 7.2 - Agent Based Modelling).

The decision mechanisms for different value chain agents will be further developed in Task 5.2 and WP7 – Agent Based Modelling. The material flows will form an input to Task 4.6 – Risk and resilience assessment and to the scenario development in WP8.


Thakur, M., Johansen, U., Jafarzadeh, S., Čechura, L., Rumankova, L., Kroupova, Z. Z., Jaghdani, T.J., Loveluck, W., Mehta, S., Aditjandra, P., Gresham, J., Esposito, G., Samoggia, A.,  lafsd ttir, G., Gudbrandsdottir, I., Schan, C. S., Sj berg, I., Richardsen, R., Haug, K. (2020). Report on Information and Material Flow Analysis for the selected case studies. The VALUMICS project funded by EU Horizon 2020 G.A. No 727243. Deliverable: D4.3, SINTEF Ocean, Trondheim, 70 pages. DOI 10.5281/zenodo.5105848


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VALUMICS – Understanding food value chains and network dynamics 727243
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