Understanding Developing Country Strategic Responses to the Enhancement of Food Safety Standards

21 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2008

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Spencer Henson

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Steven Jaffee

World Bank

Abstract

This paper explores the competing concepts of standards as barriers and standards as catalysts in the context of food safety standards in international trade in agricultural and food products. Through a review of existing evidence of the impact of food safety standards on developing country exports of agricultural and food products and the results of a series of country and product-specific case studies, it is suggested that food safety standards can act as both a barrier to trade and the basis of competitive positioning for developing countries in international markets. This suggests that broad conclusions about the trade effects of food safety standards on developing countries are problematic, rather the level and ways in which agricultural and food exports are impacted can be product, country, standard and even firm-specific.

Suggested Citation

Henson, Spencer and Jaffee, Steven, Understanding Developing Country Strategic Responses to the Enhancement of Food Safety Standards. World Economy, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 548-568, April 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1116413 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2007.01034.x

Spencer Henson (Contact Author)

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario
Canada

Steven Jaffee

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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