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Export Vegetable Production in Kenya under the EurepGAP Standard: Is Large “More Beautiful†than Small?

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  • Mausch, Kai
  • Mithofer, Dagmar
  • Asfaw, Solomon
  • Waibel, Hermann

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This paper defines three types of typical certified farms in Kenyan export production: smallholder farms, large-scale contracted farms, and exporter-owned farms. It assesses their economic performance, compares the financial cost of compliance with the EurepGAP standard, and analyses transaction costs. Results show that larger farms are not generally performing more efficiently compared to smallholders who implemented the EurepGAP standard. Despite higher monitoring costs as a result of the introduction of standards, smallholder vegetable producers remain an important source for the exporter companies.

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  • Mausch, Kai & Mithofer, Dagmar & Asfaw, Solomon & Waibel, Hermann, 2009. "Export Vegetable Production in Kenya under the EurepGAP Standard: Is Large “More Beautiful†than Small?," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 40(3), November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:99767
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    1. Schuster, Monica & Maertens, Miet, 2013. "Do private standards create exclusive supply chains? New evidence from the Peruvian asparagus export sector," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 291-305.
    2. Subervie, Julie & Vagneron, Isabelle, 2013. "A Drop of Water in the Indian Ocean? The Impact of GlobalGap Certification on Lychee Farmers in Madagascar," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 57-73.
    3. Kang'ethe W. Gachukia, Martin, 2016. "Value Chain Governance and Governmentality of Horticultural Exporters by Developing Economies: A perspective of Kenya’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Export Sector," International Journal on Food System Dynamics, International Center for Management, Communication, and Research, vol. 7(1).

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