The Influence of Supply Chain Flows on Improving Food Security: A Case Study of Maize Supply Chain in Zimbabwe


Authors : Shakerod Munuhwa; Tapiwa Christopher Mujakachi; Aaron Pondayi Masina; Kudzai Percy Siyavizva; Chonanga Carrington Nyendwa; Dr Rumbidzayi Masina

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6161616

This study explores the influence of supply chain management (SCM) flows on food security, a connection that has received less scholarly attention, particularly in developing countries. The study's primary objective is to determine whether applying SCM concepts will aid the Zimbabwean maize industry in achieving food security and poverty reduction. This study employs a quantitative research design. Survey questionnaires are used to collect data. Participants were selected from two districts in two separate climatic regions: Guruve in Mashonaland Central province (rainfall region 2) and Chiredzi in Masvingo province (rainfall region 5). SmartPLS-3 was used to test the hypotheses. The findings indicate that SCM has a significant positive influence on food security. The supply chain variables information flow, product flow, and money flow all have direct relationships and contribute significantly to enhancing food security at varied levels. Recommendations were developed, including the need to educate farmers about the importance of supply chain management through various platforms, and the government's obligation to empower farmers with information about critical supply chain variables such as lucrative commodity prices in upcoming farming seasons to encourage maximum maize acreage production and thereby continuously improve food security in the country.

Keywords : Food Security, Supply Chain Management, Product Flow, Money Flow, Information Flow.

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