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dc.contributor.authorGiovannucci, Danieleen_US
dc.contributor.authorPurcell, Timothyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T12:21:22Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T12:21:22Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/53480-
dc.description.abstractIn developing countries markets for agri-food products are changing at a pace that is unparalleled in modern history. Markets are increasingly open and increasingly homogenized toward international tastes and requirements for levels of quality, packaging, safety, and even process attributes such as socially or environmentally friendly methods. New distribution channels, dominated by larger firms including supermarket retailers, are imposing high performance demands on their value chains. In order to respond to these increasing market demands, developing countries are facing an inexorable shift toward more industrialized models of farming systems. This shift represents new challenges for small and medium farmers' access to markets and their ability to compete, as traditional standards are often no longer adequate even in some of the more lucrative national or internal markets. The key for many is to understand and achieve new levels of standards. The question for many countries-and not just developing countries-is what options are there for small farmers, which still comprise the great majority of the world's agricultural producers? Policy solutions will require a commitment to innovative institutional structures that can equitably link international capacity to local needs. A better understanding and collaboration with value chains via practical structures such as contract farming will help to ensure competitiveness and inclusion of small and medium-sized enterprises and smaller farmers.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Tokyoen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesADB Institute Discussion Papers 107en_US
dc.subject.jelF12en_US
dc.subject.jelQ12en_US
dc.subject.jelD02en_US
dc.subject.jelQ27en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.stwAgrarau├čenhandelen_US
dc.subject.stwAsienen_US
dc.titleStandards and agricultural trade in Asiaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn569582237en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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