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Title:Upgrading primary production: a global commodity chain approach
Author:Gibbon, Peter
Year:2001
Periodical:World Development
Volume:29
Issue:2
Pages:345-363
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:exports
agriculture
agricultural products
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(00)00093-0
Abstract:Global commodity chain (GCC) analysis has been concerned mainly with examining power relations in global manufacturing industries. This paper extends GCC analysis to 'traditional' primary commodities, where international traders exercise the 'driving' role, and suggests a new agenda for their upgrading in developing countries, based upon public action. The first four sections of the paper provide an overview of the content and scope of GCC analysis; examine the 'take' on the issue of upgrading in so-called 'buyer-driven' chains which is offered by GCC analysis, against the background of a consideration of alternative approaches to the same issue; and reflect on a different group of commodity chains to that considered by GCC analysis to date, and on the abstract possibilities for upgrading which it presents. Section 5 describes the GCCs for table fish and cotton and the recent historical evolution of the segments of these chains in Tanzania against the background of different regulative interventions by government, and draws theoretical and policy conclusions on this basis. The paper concludes with a balance sheet of the benefits and problems of using GCC analysis in relation to upgrading issues in developing countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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