Agroindustrialization, Globalization, and International Development: The Environmental Implications

Posted: 11 Jun 2001

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Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract

'Agroindustrialization' comprises three related sets of changes: (a) growth of commercial, off-farm agro-processing, distribution and input provision activities, (b) institutional and organizational change in the relations between farms and firms both upstream and downstream, such as a marked increased in vertical integration and contract-based procurement, and (c) related changes in product composition, technologies, and sectoral and market structure (Reardon and Barrett 2000). The actual and potential environmental effects of these changes have been sparsely documented to date. There does not seem to have been any attempt at reasonably general analysis of the pathways by which such effects might occur or of the instruments governments might have at their disposal to influence those pathways. This essay is meant to fill the latter gap while the articles and policy forum that follow provide more detailed findings and perspectives on constituent issues.

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Christopher B. and Barbier, Edward B. and Reardon, Thomas A., Agroindustrialization, Globalization, and International Development: The Environmental Implications. Environment & Development Economics, Vol. 8, No. 7, Oct. 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=270487

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

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Thomas A. Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

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United States
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