Modern Food Supply Chains and Development: Evidence from Horticulture Export Sectors in Sub‐Saharan Africa

25 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2012

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Miet Maertens

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

Johan F. M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); European Commission, DG II

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

The global food system is undergoing rapid processes of transformation and modernisation. This is causing important changes in developing‐country food supply chains, particularly in supermarket‐driven and high‐value export chains, but the welfare implications of these changes are poorly understood. This article analyses and compares the welfare effects in different horticulture export chains in sub‐Saharan Africa, disentangling different types of effects and the channels through which rural households are affected. Its main conclusion is that increased high‐value exports and the modernisation of export supply chains can bring about important positive welfare effects, which can occur in various ways through product‐ or labour‐market effects and through direct and indirect effects.

Keywords: Modern supply chains, poverty, horticulture, Africa

Suggested Citation

Maertens, Miet and Minten, Bart and Swinnen, Johan F.M., Modern Food Supply Chains and Development: Evidence from Horticulture Export Sectors in Sub‐Saharan Africa (July 2012). Development Policy Review, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 473-497, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080339 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00585.x

Miet Maertens (Contact Author)

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Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )

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Johan F.M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

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