Global Value Chains and Standards in Horticulture and Aquaculture

Trade in food products is regulated by increasingly complex and stringent standards. These standards can be both public and private, and can regulate not only food safety, but also issues such as environmental and social impact.

This project examines the policy responses to new challenges for producers of food products in East Africa and South-East Asia. It specifically analyses how these challenges are interpreted by donors, governments and business, and the way that value chains are restructured in response to the requirements of the new standards.

Key contacts

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John Humphrey

Professorial Fellow

Project details

start date
3 January 2005
end date
30 June 2007


Supported by
Rockefeller Foundation


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John Humphrey

Professorial Fellow

Recent work

Working Paper

Private Standards, Small Farmers and Donor Policy: EUREPGAP in Kenya

Published by IDS

Food safety has moved up the policy agenda in industrialised countries in recent years. Governments have tightened both product and process standards, and businesses have had to respond to ever more stringent public food safety standards and the need to maintain consumer confidence. Private voluntary standards developed by groups of companies are one response to this challenge.

1 July 2008

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