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Certification, Partnership, and Morality in an Organic Shrimp Network: Rethinking Transnational Alternative Agrifood Networks

  • Hatanaka, Maki
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    Summary Transnational alternative agrifood networks (TAAFNs) seek to make food production and trade practices more socially just and environmentally sustainable, and empower producers in the global South. Drawing on fieldwork in Indonesia examining an organic shrimp network, this paper challenges the viability of TAAFNs as an alternative development and trade model. Specifically, I question the extent to which TAAFNs are based on (1) objective and effective governance, (2) partnership, and (3) democracy and morality. This article concludes that producers and consumers need to develop closer and more substantial relations, if TAAFNs are to generate meaningful and lasting development.

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    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 706-716

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