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.
|Title of host publication||Quality and Innovation in Food Chains|
|Subtitle of host publication||Lessons and insights from Africa|
|Editors||J. Bijman, V. Bitzer|
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Publisher||Wageningen Academic Publishers|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|