Towards stable access to EU markets for the Beninese shrimp chain: quality, legal and marketing issues

S.A. Adékambi, D.S. Dabade, K. Kindji, H.M.W. den Besten, M. Faure, M.J.R. Nout, B. Sogbossi, P.T.M. Ingenbleek

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Traditionally, the economy of Benin has strongly depended on a single crop, namely cotton. Since 2006, the Beninese government has aimed to diversify exports, in particular focussing on high-value export products such as shrimp. Stable market access for shrimps is, however, hindered by their microbiological and chemical characteristics which influence product quality and safety. In the international market, these quality aspects have legal implications, potentially leading to import bans if safety standards are not met. This chapter examines the quality and legal issues of the Beninese shrimp chain and discusses the responsiveness of the chain to these issues. Using an interdisciplinary analysis, the chapter draws preliminary conclusions on how a stable access of Beninese shrimps to the international market can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality and Innovation in Food Chains
Subtitle of host publicationLessons and insights from Africa
EditorsJ. Bijman, V. Bitzer
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868254
ISBN (Print)9789086862801
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Benin
  • Institutions
  • Legislation
  • Market integration
  • Shrimp quality
  • Value chains


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