HORTICULTURAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND SMALL PRODUCERS IN SOUTH ASIA: GOVERNANCE, PARTICIPATION, AND STRATEGIES
Whether or not local producers can gain access to global value chains and at which point is likely to be an important factor in determining whether they will benefit from trade liberalization. Understanding how these chains are organized, controlled and governed is the key to understanding how gains from these networks and chains are shared across the chain participants. This paper examines the issue of governance in horticultural supply chains with a view to locating primary producers in these chains. It analyzes the functioning of these chains with special focus on the implications for small and marginal producers in developing countries. Besides defining and discussing the various aspects of the value chain framework and its utility for analysis, it also examines the context in which governance of these chains has acquired importance. It profiles the governance mechanisms and the issues involved, with specific focus on chains originating in South Asia. The paper concludes by outlining some of the ways through which the chains can be made more affordable for the small and marginal producers in the developing world.
Singh, S. (2006). HORTICULTURAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND SMALL PRODUCERS IN SOUTH ASIA: GOVERNANCE, PARTICIPATION, AND STRATEGIES. Acta Hortic. 699, 399-406
global value chains, small farmers, market access, agribusiness, network, integration, global markets