Ensuring continuous feedstock supply in agricultural residue value chains: A complex interplay of five influencing factors

Anouk Mertens, Jef Van Meensel, Lander Willem, Ludwig Lauwers, Jeroen Buysse

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    While second-generation biomass resources, such as agricultural residues, are crucial for the development of the
    bioeconomy, value chains and markets of locally available agricultural residues remain uncommon. Current
    research predominantly provides useful insights into technological or techno-economic aspects of agricultural
    residue harvesting and processing, but, for investors in bio-refineries, one of the main challenges remains ensuring
    a continuous feedstock supply to the plant. In this article, we present the results of a mixed-method
    approach, combining insights from semi-structured interviews with simulation results of an agent-based model.
    This model simulates the decisions of individual economic actors in the value chain – including farmers, custom
    harvesters and one processor – under four coordination scenarios (direct sale, a custom harvester, mediated
    contract and two cooperative structures). Our results provide useful insights in the way different factors influence
    the ability to ensure a continuous feedstock supply. We find that besides actors' willingness, actors' coordination
    and supply reliability, also actors' actual participation and economic context play a crucial role.
    Furthermore, we are able to demonstrate the complex interplay between these factors. Our findings are relevant
    to guide successful future development of agricultural residue value chains for the bioeconomy.
    TaalEngels
    TijdschriftBiomass & Bioenergy
    Volume109
    Pagina's (van-tot)209–220
    Aantal pagina's12
    ISSN0961-9534
    StatusGepubliceerd - jan-2018

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