Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks (The by Richard Le Heron, Christina Stringer

By Richard Le Heron, Christina Stringer

In the overseas agri-food neighborhood at the least 4 theoretical pursuits are attracting expanding awareness. they're: the verified notions of community and commodity chain which are being revisited when it comes to severe engagement trained via the insights of intensive empirical paintings, the metrics of calculation and institutional embedding that underpin the increase and performance of governance applied sciences, where of nearby networking in developing stipulations that make attainable agri-food manufacturer participation in neighborhood provisioning and provide, and the geo-historical dimensions of interconnection and interdependency within the agri-food sphere. This quantity brings jointly an interdisciplinary staff of anthropologists, economists, buinsess and administration lecturers and geographers to envision a variety of case reviews illustrating a number of agri-food commodity chains and networks all over the world and to debate how those hyperlink globally.

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1 The early phase of upgrading associated with the introduction of freezer boats had a dramatic impact on the sector: it resulted in the transformation of the squid fleet, the creation of several thousand jobs for 1 This descriptive approach to upgrading corresponds to the approach favoured in Gibbon in Ponte (2005, 91) who prefer to analyse upgrading by identifying the ‘concrete roles that offer suppliers higher and more stable returns, as well as the routes that they typically use for arriving at them’.

Several exporters have focused on improving the quality of squid produced. Even though the standards are already very high, one exporter has produced a manual, which is used to train crew on how to pack squid for optimal results in terms of quality. 5 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 0 South African squid exports by price and volume Source: Compiled from Globefish 2005b and unpublished industry sources. to prevent any rejections from either the local EU appointed agency or overseas exporters. Several exporters have also embarked on a branding campaign in an effort to create consumer loyalty and perhaps eventually increase export prices.

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