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Record number 509270
Title Global Value Chains and Inclusive Development: Unpacking Smallholder Producers’ Agency
Author(s) Vellema, S.
Source In: Local Governance, Economic Development and Institutions / Gómez, Georgina M., Knorringa, Peter, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan (EADI Global Development Series ) - ISBN 9781349718382 - p. 201 - 215.
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2016
Abstract Value chains and value chain development are widely discussed as instruments for achieving development goals, particularly for vulnerable and poor smallholder producers. This approach can easily lead to a linear view on how linking smallholder producers to value chains generates intended developmental outcomes. Environmental sustainability social justice, and global value chains have been connected via a variety of standards that are mainly negotiated, developed, and implemented by partnerships of inter-national lead firms and salient NGOs. It then seems to be a matter of just ensuring, for example, compliance with sustainability standards, quality requirements, or contractual arrangements, and presumably, consequential effect is that smallholder producers will benefit, or will at least upgrade their performance. Obviously, this is a debatable perspective. Although practitioners and policymakers increasingly acknowledge that standards alone cannot achieve development goals, the instrument still features prominently in development practice and studies centring on smallholder farmers.
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