Agrifood Sector Liberalisation and the Rise of Supermarkets in Former State-Controlled Economies: A Comparative Overview

9 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2004

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Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Johan F. M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); European Commission, DG II

Abstract

Former state-controlled economies (FSCEs) have become the most important destination of global retail chain investments. These economies, which spread from North Africa, across Central and Eastern Europe, to East Asia, include more than one and a half billion consumers and a large share of the world's agricultural area and poor farmers. They have undergone an often radical transformation of their agrifood system over the past decade. The take-off of supermarkets in FSCEs started seriously in the mid-late 1990s, and is now moving fast. This article compares FSCE experience in the supermarket revolution and considers its implications for policy-makers and rural development practitioners.

Suggested Citation

Reardon, Thomas A. and Swinnen, Johan F.M., Agrifood Sector Liberalisation and the Rise of Supermarkets in Former State-Controlled Economies: A Comparative Overview. Development Policy Review, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 515-523, September 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=584045

Thomas A. Reardon (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

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Johan F.M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

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