Production chains as configurations for development : perspectives for innovation, market development and collaboration

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    Seeing chains for agricultural and food products as a possible instrument for development processes in the South opens up an important discussion about the institutional architecture of agricultural development. One of the major reasons for introducing marketled development schemes has been the growing pressure for downsizing government and public institutions over the past few decades. As a result, supply chains, entrepreneurs and networks between public and private parties have become more and more actively involved in development processes. At the same time, we have seen the international food trade being subjected to increasingly stringent standards by both public legislation and private demands. The fear that these kinds of regulations could exclude large groups of producers has given rise to a debate about the real implications of trade relations and chain formation. It also raises the question of how producers in the South can equip themselves to be in a strong position to take part in international trade and in international chains. It therefore seems important to reflect on the question of what sort of configuration chains really are, and what the options are for reconfiguring them. This article outlines a number of considerations
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    PublisherWageningen International
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Publication series

    NameInternationa development discussion paper
    PublisherWageningen International


    • agricultural production
    • food production
    • chains
    • innovations
    • markets
    • development

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