Preventing Exclusion of Small-Scale-Farmers Through Private Standards in the Global Food Chain – A Research Agenda

Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2013/02

26 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2013

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Kai P. Purnhagen

Wageningen University; Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics

Cerkia Bramley

Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing (IFNuW) - University of Pretoria, South Africa

Bernd van der Meulen

European Institute for Food Law; University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics

Harry Bremmers

Wageningen UR - Law and Governance Group

Date Written: October 16, 2013

Abstract

Compliance with private standards is rapidly becoming the decisive factor distinguishing inclusion and exclusion from the market for agricultural producers. If Africa would manage to increase its total exports by just 1%, this would make an impact surpassing the entire western development aid. Agriculture holds the largest potential to come closer to realising this ambition. For SFFs to receive a fair share or even to just survive in the globalising world, they need to have access to the local and global food markets. Research is needed that helps to counter the exclusionary effects of the private standards that rule these markets. In absence of effective (state) governmental control, the private character of standards shall be turned into a tool to achieve this objective. In this sense, research is needed that investigates the respective incentive structures in bargaining over standards and their enforcement.

Keywords: food safety, private standards, governance, small scale farmers

Suggested Citation

Purnhagen, Kai Peter and Bramley, Cerkia and van der Meulen, Bernd M.J. and Bremmers, Harry, Preventing Exclusion of Small-Scale-Farmers Through Private Standards in the Global Food Chain – A Research Agenda (October 16, 2013). Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2013/02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2341173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2341173

Kai Peter Purnhagen (Contact Author)

Wageningen University ( email )

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Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics ( email )

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Cerkia Bramley

Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing (IFNuW) - University of Pretoria, South Africa ( email )

Agricultural Sciences Building, 8th floor
Hatfield Campus
Pretoria
South Africa

Bernd M.J. Van der Meulen

European Institute for Food Law ( email )

Muzenplein 3
Amsterdam, 1077wc
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University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics ( email )

Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

Harry Bremmers

Wageningen UR - Law and Governance Group ( email )

Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

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