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Restructuring international food chains: Building sustainable and all-inclusive food chains at the primary stages

Emma Kambewa, Ivo A.C.M. van der Lans, J.C.M. van Trijp, Paul T.M. Ingenbleek, Aad van Tilburg and Martinus A.J.S. van Boekel

No 7905, 106th Seminar, October 25-27, 2007, Montpellier, France from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Although it is often acknowledged that effective inclusion of small-scale primary producers in international chains is crucial for alleviating poverty in developing countries, few insights exist about how to build sustainable and all-inclusive food chains especially those based on scarce natural resources. In order to address challenges that marketing and development policy and institutions as well as small-scale primary producers in the agro-ecological sector face in promoting sustainable practices, this paper focuses on the use of contracts. The paper investigates whether small-scale primary producers would engage in contracts that oblige them to implement sustainable and quality-improving practices and if so under what conditions. Results show that primary producers (fishermen in this study) are open to sustainability-quality enhancing contracts provided that such contracts also enhance their welfare and economic benefits. Implications for building sustainable and all-inclusive international marketing channels are discussed.

Keywords: Agribusiness; International Relations/Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22
Date: 2007
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.7905

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