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Trade Linkages in Shrimp Exports: Japan, Thailand and Vietnam


  • Masahiro Kagawa
  • Conner Bailey


Considerable attention has been devoted to the social and environmental consequences of shrimp farming in the tropics, but relatively little has been given to the relationships involved in international trade in processed shrimp. Based on extensive field research, this article addresses this gap in the literature by examining the nature of the linkages between Japan, a major importer, and two major exporting countries, Thailand and Vietnam, underlying which are informal agreements rather than formal contractual relationships. It examines the rationale and operation of such informal agreements in the context of a dynamic market characterised by an international division of labour between Thailand (with an advanced food products industry) and Vietnam (just emerging into the world market). Copyright 2006 Overseas Development Institute.

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  • Masahiro Kagawa & Conner Bailey, 2006. "Trade Linkages in Shrimp Exports: Japan, Thailand and Vietnam," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 24(3), pages 303-319, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:24:y:2006:i:3:p:303-319

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    1. Tran, Nhuong & Bailey, Conner & Wilson, Norbert & Phillips, Michael, 2013. "Governance of Global Value Chains in Response to Food Safety and Certification Standards: The Case of Shrimp from Vietnam," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 325-336.
    2. Broughton, Edward I. & Walker, Damian G., 2010. "Policies and practices for aquaculture food safety in China," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 471-478, October.
    3. Lim, Guanie, 2016. "Value chain upgrading: Evidence from the Singaporean aquaculture industry," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 191-197.
    4. Marschke, Melissa & Wilkings, Ann, 2014. "Is certification a viable option for small producer fish farmers in the global south? Insights from Vietnam," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(PA), pages 197-206.
    5. Melissa Marschke & Gordon Betcherman, 2016. "Vietnam’s seafood boom: Economic growth with impoverishment?," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 18(4), pages 1129-1150, August.

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