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

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  • 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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  • Spencer Henson & John Humphrey, 2010. "Understanding the Complexities of Private Standards in Global Agri-Food Chains as They Impact Developing Countries," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(9), pages 1628-1646.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:46:y:2010:i:9:p:1628-1646
    DOI: 10.1080/00220381003706494
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