Global Supply Chains, Standards and the Poor: How the Globalization of Food Systems and Standards Affects Rural Development and Poverty

Edited by J F M Swinnen 
CABI  February 2007  

Hardback  320 pp  ISBN 9781845931858      £75.00
Using original research from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America this book reviews the recent restructuring of the global agri-food industry and the dramatic rise of global retail chains in developing and transition countries. It focuses on the private standards and requirements imposed by multinational companies investing in these countries and the resulting changes to existing supply chains. It also examines the impact of these changes on local producers, particularly poor farmers, and considers the long-term policy implications in terms of growth and poverty.

Of interest to students, researchers and policy makers in development studies, economics, politics, sociology and agriculture.


Introduction, J F M Swinnen, K U Leuven


  • The Globalization of Private Standards and the Agro-food System, L Fulponi, OECD
  • Public and Private Food Quality Standards: Recent Trends and Strategic Incentives, J J McCluskey, Washington State University, USA
  • The Costs and Benefits of Compliance with Food Safety Standards for Exports by Developing Countries: The Case of Fish and Fishery Products, S Henson, University Guelph, Canada and S Jaffee, The World Bank
  • The Dynamics of Vertical Coordination in Agri-Food Supply Chains in Transition Countries, J F M Swinnen
  • Trade Liberalization and Rent Distribution in Vertically-Related Markets, S McCorriston, University of Exeter, UK and Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University, USA
  • Contracting, Competition, and Rent Distribution in Supply Chains: Theory and empirical evidence from Central Asia , J Swinnen, M Sadler, World Bank and A Vandeplas, K U Leuven



  • Growth in high-value agriculture in Asia and the emergence of vertical links with farmers, A Gulati, IFPRI, N Minot, IFPRI, C Delgado, World Bank and S Bora, IFPRI
  • Small Traders and Small Farmers: The Small Engines Driving China's Giant Boom in Horticulture, X Dong, Chinese Academy of Sciences, H Wang, Michigan State University, USA, S Rozelle, University of California at Davis, USA, J Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences and T Reardon, Michigan State University, USA
  • Quality Control and the marketing of non-staple crops in India, M Fafchamps, University of Oxford, UK, Ruth Vargas-Hill, World Bank and B Minten


  • Supermarkets and Small Horticultural Product Farmers in Central America, J Berdegué, RIMISP, T Reardon, MSU, F Balsevich, MSU, L Flores, MSU, and R Hernández, MSU


  • Global supply chains, poverty and the environment: Evidence from Madagascar, B Minten, L Randrianarison and J Swinnen
  • High-value supply chains, food standards and rural households in Senegal, M Maertens and L Dries, K U Leuven, F A Dedehouanou, CREA, J Swinnen, K U Leuven


  • Transformation and contracting in the supply chains of the former Soviet Union: Evidence from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia, M Gorton, University of Newcastle and J White, University of Southampton
  • Vertical Integration in Russian Agriculture, E Serova, AFE


  • Restructuring market relations in food and agriculture of Central Eastern Europe: Impacts upon small farmers, C Csaki and C Forgacs, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • The impact of retail investments in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and the Russian Federation, L Dries, T Reardon, MSU and E Van Kerckhove, K U Leuven
  • Vertical coordination in the dairy sector : A comparative analysis of Romania and Slovakia, S van Berkum, LEI-Wageningen


  • Global supply chains, standards and the poor: Implications for government policy and international organizations, J F M Swinnen and M Maertens, K U Leuven
  • The role of the public and private sector in commercializing small farms and reducing transaction costs, P Pingali, YKhwaja and M Meijer, FAO
  • Building capacity for compliance with evolving food safety and agricultural health standards, Kees van der Meer, The World Bank
  • Public Sector Initiatives to Facilitate Small Farmer Access to International Marketing Chains: Lessons from Marketing Assistance Programs in Armenia, H Gow, University of Illinois and J Cocks, Abacus Bio Limited
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