Table 5

Exploratory analysis of contrasting development pathways for organic hemp oil production in Sicily.

  Description Advantages, strengths Risks, threats, challenges Context factors Governance
Pathway I1 Acreage = 100 ha + 1 small processing capacity Single stream, Single point of contact Reliability of the unique processing capacity and its owner Given the estimated market size, acreage could most likely be increased above 100 ha Centralized entity for processing, and the different farmers could set up a representation entity
Pathway I2 Acreage over 100 ha + 1 large processing capacity Single stream, single point of contact Reliability of the unique processing capacity and its owner Location of the machine/transport cost and accessibility (especially if a large number of providing farmers) Different options exist regarding ownership: owned/co-owned.
Works as a service provider (processor) or as an integrator (food company)?
Pathway I3 Acreage over 100 ha + several small processing capacities Proximity with markets (lower transportation costs)
Value repartition
Risk of competition regarding prices and clients
Likely to happen if no consistent shared strategy is defined at the regional level Independent actors → probably relevant to create a common association for representation purposes and coordination
Pathway I4 Acreage over 100 ha + external foreign processor Simplicity
No additional workload
Not so local
Dependency on processors prices
Highly dependent on the price of transportation
Location of processors?
Market rules mainly

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