Production relations under GLOBALG.A.P: the relative influence of standards and retail market structure

Tennent, Rebeka, and Lockie, Stewart (2011) Production relations under GLOBALG.A.P: the relative influence of standards and retail market structure. Sociologia Ruralis, 52 (1). 17. pp. 31-47.

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Abstract

Retailer-led food standards are playing an increasingly important role in determining market access globally. These standards are generally interpreted as a mechanism by which retailers have increased their capacity to co-ordinate and control upstream actors, including farmers and processors. Taking an actor-oriented approach to determine the various ways in which a group of farmers respond to retailer-led standards, this study presents empirical detail on the impacts of compliance with retailer-led standards, including GLOBALG.A.P, on an Australian citrus growers' co-operative. This study found that while GLOBALG.A.P and similar standards are indeed de facto mandatory requirements for fruit producers, it was not certification to GLOBALG.A.P alone that led to relationships of dependency between producers and retailers. The oligopolistic structure of the retailing sector was found to be equally problematic for producers. This suggests that while GLOBALG.A.P constituted a novel form of value chain governance, it was not a defining feature of the food production system in these chains.

Item ID: 30822
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-9523
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 03:08
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960707 Trade and Environment @ 30%
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