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Information Management in Agrifood Chains

Towards an Integrated Paperless Framework for Agrifood Trade Facilitation

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International trade in agricultural and food products is more complex than trade in manufacturing – trade regulations are stricter, paperwork and logistics more complex. These are required for ensuring food safety for consumers. Detailed information on traded goods alongside the movement of goods in a supply chain is critically important for food safety. This publication outlines a framework for integrated agrifood information management, taking into account the functional needs of various stakeholders along the supply chain. The benefits as well as challenges involved in developing a comprehensive system are discussed. Practical recommendations for, and milestones in the enhancement of agrifood information systems for trade facilitation are provided, including a recommendation to develop a Single Window for Agrifood Trade.

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Executive summary

The present publication seeks to introduce information management in the agrifood chains as an integral part of trade facilitation in the sector. Agrifood chain information management can be understood as the collection and distribution of information about food and the food-trade along the whole food supply chain, from farm to fork. The concept embraces both traceability and trade facilitation systems, such as national single windows, customs systems and other controls. This guiding document puts forth a progressive way of looking at the way information is transferred in the agrifood sector.

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