In studying the relation between global markets and agricultural industries and the consequences the processes involved have for inequality and poverty, the South African wine industry highlights many of the key issues in need of analytic and policy attention. Among these issues the questions of racial and class divisions within the industry, the implications of government competition and regulatory policies and the problems (for producer companies and workers) of being absorbed into the global value chains of oligopolistic retailers, are evident. This paper discusses these and cognate matters and briefly indicates some of the policy conclusions that seem relevant not only for this industry and for South Africa, but perhaps also for other export-oriented agricultural and agricultural processing industries elsewhere in the developing world.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 107, 25 pp.