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Challenges for the floriculture industry in a developing country: a South African perspective

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  • Marianne Matthee
  • Wim Naude
  • Wilma Viviers

The increasing numbers of global floriculture producers, and changes in the basis of competition in this international industry, make it important to evaluate the South African floriculture industry's competitive position. The industry employs more than 17 500 people and provides opportunities for rural employment. This article assesses the challenges facing the South African floriculture industry in the competitive global market, using a framework based on global value chain (GVC) and global commodity chain (GCC) analyses. An empirical study showed that the industry is insufficiently competitive and does not participate to its full potential in the global market. It is recommended that floriculture producers shift their focus from the domestic to the international market, as the domestic market is becoming saturated and its turnover is small. However, as enhancing the industry's competitiveness is a complex endeavour, the industry first needs to address the weaknesses identified.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.

Volume (Year): 23 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 511-528

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Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:23:y:2006:i:4:p:511-528
DOI: 10.1080/03768350600927326
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