To maintain the competitive edge status of the Philippines in agricultural products trading, this study identify factors that significantly influence the mango global value chain participation of the Philippines. The study employed a causal research design with panel regression analysis using Pooled Regression, Fixed Effect Model and Random Effects Model and determined the robustness of the model using Hausman test.The resulting Fixed Effect model found out that GDP, remoteness and global competitiveness has a significant positive effect to gross exports and value-added. While land lock and bilateral distance has a significant negative effect. Among the identified variables, remoteness has the most influence. The resulting model is limited in the analysis of the Philippine mango global chain’s integration in terms of gross exports and value-added contribution to the economy of the country. Underlying factors not included in the model was not given emphasis. This study will provide factors that will correctly estimate the Philippine mango global integration. Policy recommendations which if implemented can guarantee strong integration of Philippine mangoes in the global chain. Strong integration will in effect facilitates the flow of factor payments in the economy thereby uplifting the standard of living of its citizen and in the end creating more social protection to its people. Despite the fact that there are studies conducted describing the Philippine Global Value Chain Integration, their study is limited in using descriptive analysis and not identifying the factor/s that will improve the mango global value chain integration.
Floriculture is an important agricultural sector of Lam Dong province and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Favorable climate condition of Lam Dong province allows strong development of the floriculture sector while high demand due to lifestyle change in Ho Chi Minh City promises a potential market for the cut orchid industry. Modern technology adoption is vitally important for small-scale producers because it not only improves quality but increases productivity of flower production. Nevertheless, very little research has been conducted on the technology adoption in floriculture at the farm level. A sample of 228 producers was therefore collected in Lam Dong province and Ho Chi Minh City in 2018 to investigate the current status and influential factors of technology adoption of floricultural producers in the South of Vietnam. Conditional mixed-process probit models were applied to examine the adoption decisions of technologies associated with greenhouse, irrigation and seedling in floriculture. The results revealed that farmers have strong preferences in modern floriculture technologies and that demographic characteristics such as gender, age, education, and income, farm size, learning process, farmers’ perception on technology and market information are the key determinants of technology adoption in floriculture.
The government struggles to fight escalating food safety issues in Vietnam. However, government measures yielded little evidence of improvement to domestic food safety. For that reason, consumers lower their trust in the government. The current market context, and low trust towards the government left consumers to count on their own judgement for the sake of their own food safety. This study applied choice experiment method on the basis of Lancastrain consumer theory and random utility theory to elicit consumers preferences on traceable safe foods and the perception regarding food safety. The impact of food safety related attributes was identified in the order of decreasing magnitude: freshness, label, traceability, certification, and price. Results suggested that Vietnamese consumers adhered food quality to food appearance (i.e. freshness) and made judgement with such perception. This paper also highlighted a noticeable reverse impact of the level of food certification on consumer preferences toward safe choices, which contributed to the current food safety situation in Vietnam. The reason behind was expected to be trust issues in the government, the impact of food safety context, and consumer’s false perception of food safety. To enhance trust, food traceability appears to be an indispensable and potential instrument. Besides, traceability information should be addressed via food label precisely to augment visual inspection as well as to increase its effectiveness. Additionally, consumers are willing to pay a price premium for traceable products, thus would induce suppliers to participate in food traceability. Nevertheless, the government must play a more proactive role in market supervision and education to facilitate the development of food traceability.
Supplier selection is a significant phase of procurement. However, a little systematic research on supplier selection criteria in the textile and apparel industry has been conducted in Vietnam. The purpose of this study is to identify criteria that constitute to the supplier selection decision of purchasers. An integrated approach involving purposeful sampling and theoretical sampling was used. Qualitative data were collected via expert interviews from 20 companies ranging from spinning to textiles to garments as well as ancillary industries in both southern and northern Vietnam. The data were analysed using NVIVO 8.0 software. The researchers assumed that exploring the extant supplier selection criteria used by Vietnamese textile and apparel companies will contribute to the literature concerning procurement in particular and supply chain management in general.