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Understanding the Complexities of Private Standards in Global Agri-Food Chains as They Impact Developing Countries

  • Spencer Henson
  • John Humphrey
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    The increasing prevalence of private standards governing food safety, food quality and environmental and social impacts of agri-food systems has raised concerns about the effects on developing countries, as well as the governance of agri-food value chains more broadly. It is argued that current debates have been 'clouded' by a failure to recognise the diversity of private standards in terms of their institutional form, who develops and adopts these standards and why. In particular, there is a need to appreciate the close inter-relationships between public regulations and private standards and the continuing ways in which private standards evolve.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 1628-1646

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:46:y:2010:i:9:p:1628-1646
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