EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

GLOBAL CHANGE IN AGRIFOOD GRADES AND STANDARDS: AGRIBUSINESS STRATEGIC RESPONSES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Thomas Reardon, Jean-Marie Codron (), Lawrence Busch, R. James Bingen and Craig Harris

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 1999, vol. 02, issue 3-4, 15

Abstract: The role of G&S has shifted from a technical instrument to reduce transaction costs in homogeneous commodity markets to a strategic instrument of competition in differentiated product markets. The nature of G&S has shifted from performance (realized characteristics of the product) to process standards. In developing countries, these changes have tended to exclude small firms and farms from participating in market growth, because of the implied investments. The three strategic responses to G&S change by agribusiness firms and farms include: (1) by large firms and multinationals, to create private G&S and private certification, labeling, and branding systems; (2) by medium-large domestic firms, to lobby governments to adopt public G&S similar to those in export markets in developed regions; (3) by small firms and farms, to ally with public and nonprofit sectors to form G&S and certification systems to access export markets and to bring institutional change to nontradable product markets. Governments should build the capacity of the poor to invest to 'make the grade' implied by the new G&S.

Keywords: Agribusiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (100) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/34227/files/02030421.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:ifaamr:34227

DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.34227

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in International Food and Agribusiness Management Review from International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by AgEcon Search ().

 
Page updated 2021-04-12
Handle: RePEc:ags:ifaamr:34227