Supermarkets in India: Struggles Over the Organization of Agricultural Markets and Food Supply Chains

69 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2013 Last revised: 3 Mar 2014

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Amy J. Cohen

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: November 13, 2013

Abstract

This article analyzes the conflicts and distributional effects of efforts to restructure food supply chains in India. Specifically, it examines how large retail corporations are presently attempting to transform how fresh produce is produced and distributed in the “new” India — and efforts by policymakers, farmers, and traders to resist these changes. It explores these conflicts in West Bengal, a state that has been especially hostile to supermarket chains. Via an ethnographic study of small producers, traders, corporate leaders, and policymakers in the state, the article illustrates what food systems, and the legal and extralegal rules that govern them, reveal about the organization of markets and the increasingly large-scale concentration of private capital taking place in India and elsewhere in the developing world.

Keywords: Supermarkets, food law, contract farming, India, West Bengal, agricultural markets, land reform

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Amy J., Supermarkets in India: Struggles Over the Organization of Agricultural Markets and Food Supply Chains (November 13, 2013). University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 68, 2013; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 235. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2371039

Amy J. Cohen (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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