Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 551

Full Length Research Paper

Producers supplying strategic network, value creation and exporting SME growth

Vinablo K. Dominique Dagbelou
  • Vinablo K. Dominique Dagbelou
  • University Institute of Technology-University of Parakou - (IUT / UP) - Center for Research in Entrepreneurship-Creation and Innovation (CRECI) - Laboratory for Research in Economic and Social Dynamics (LARDES - UP), Benin.
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Souleimane A. Adekambi
  • Souleimane A. Adekambi
  • Institut Universitaire de Technologie-Université de Parakou -Benin (IUT/UP) - Centre de Recherche en Entrepreneuriat-Création et Innovation (CRECI) - Laboratoire de Recherche en Dynamique Economie et Sociale (LARDES – UP), Benin.
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Jacob A. Yabi
  • Jacob A. Yabi
  • Département d’Economie et Sociologie Rurale (ESR), Faculté d’Agronomie, Université de Parakou, Bénin, Laboratoire de Recherche en Dynamique Economie et Sociale (LARDES – UP), Benin.
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  •  Received: 22 October 2019
  •  Accepted: 02 July 2020
  •  Published: 31 July 2020


Strategic networks of agricultural suppliers for the creation of value added are an interesting field of research in the developing countries. Indeed, various scientific works were interested with social networks as well as on their members’ relationship and on their management. However, social networks as strategic suppliers are able to solve SME’s supply credit problems; the need to analyze networks with a view to creating added value for members of these networks remains less examined in literature. To understand the place of the networks in SMEs, a method of content analysis was used to analyze the data collected which included five focus groups of 8 people and twelve interviews. Most participants are producers / suppliers of cassava and shea nuts. The results show that supplier networks allow members to increase their revenues and also improve their skill level.

Key words: Supplier networks, added-value, income, welfare.