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Firms' adoption of international standards: Evidence from the Ethiopian floriculture sector

Mulu Gebreeyesus

No 7, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: Global trade in agriculture and food products is increasingly governed by an array of standards. A survey conducted in 2010 covering all operational firms in the nascent floriculture industry in Ethiopia revealed that only 36 per cent have managed to acquire certification for international private standards. This study uses a census-based panel dataset from Ethiopian floriculture to empirically examine the determinants of firms adoption of international private standards. It also analyses overall industry level efforts and public-private partnership to launch and implement a national scheme for Good Agricultural Practice and build firms capacity to comply with the standards.

Keywords: standards; compatibility; product quality; certification; agriculture; floriculture exports; international trade; estate farms; Ethiopia; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L15 O19 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr and nep-agr
Date: 2014-01-31
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