The internationalisation of food retailing and manufacturing that has
swept through the agri-food system in industrialised countries is now
moving into middle- and low-income countries with large rural
populations, causing significant institutional changes that affect small
producer agriculture and the livelihoods of rural communities the world
Farmers and policy-makers are struggling to keep up with the wave of new
demands being made on their supply chains by food manufacturers and
retailers. In the process, new questions and challenges are arising: Can
small-scale farmers organise to meet the demands of corporate giants?
Should governments liberalise Foreign Direct Investment in the retail
sector and expose numerous small shops to competition from
multinationals? Can distribution systems be adapted to make markets work
better for the poor?
This book offers a contemporary look at what happens when the
modernisation of food supply chains comes face to face with the
livelihoods of rural and poor people. The authors are drawn from
eighteen countries participating in the 'Regoverning Markets'
programme, which aims to not only improve our understanding of the way
modernisation and re-structuring of food supply chains is affecting food
production and distribution systems, but also identify best-practice in
involving small-scale producers in supermarket supply chains, and
ascertain the barriers to inclusion which need to be removed.
The book is aimed primarily at academics but will also appeal to
practitioners in developing countries, civil servants, policy-makers and
Part One The Economic and Policy Context: The internationalization of
food retailing: opportunities and threats for small scale producers; The
country studies. Part Two Countries with Consolidating and Expanding
Supermarkets and Their Supply Chains: Central America, case studies;
Ecuador, case studies; Thailand, case studies; Philippines, case
studies; South Africa, case studies. Part Three Countries in Transition
from State Control: Hungary, case studies; Poland, case studies;
Romania, case studies; China, case studies; Vietnam, case studies. Part
Four Countries with Emerging Modern Supply Chains: India, case studies;
Pakistan, case studies; Bangladesh, case studies; Kenya, case studies;
Uganda, case studies, Zambia, case studies. Part Five Conclusions:
Restructuring of agri-food systems and prospects for small producers.
Vorley, B.; Fearne, A.; Ray, D. Regoverning Markets: A Place for Small-Scale Producers in Modern Agrifood Chains? Gower Publishing, Abingdon, UK (2007) 244 pp. ISBN 0 566 08730 8 [Gower Sustainable Food Chain Series]
Regoverning Markets: A Place for Small-Scale Producers in Modern Agrifood Chains?