Reconnecting Markets: Innovative Global Practices in Connecting Small-Scale Producers with Dynamic Food Markets, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reconnecting Markets

Innovative Global Practices in Connecting Small-Scale Producers with Dynamic Food Markets, 1st Edition

By Estelle Biénabe, Julio Berdegué, John Belt


208 pages

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The rapid changes taking place in the structure and governance of national and regional agri-food markets in developing countries seriously affect the ability of agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture, to contribute to economic growth and sustainable development. Reconnecting Markets is the second volume of case examples from the Regoverning Markets programme (2005-2008). It focuses on the keys to inclusion of small-scale farmers and rural SMEs into dynamic national and regional markets. The cases document specific arrangements that appear to have played a positive role in supporting greater inclusion, such as public policies and business initiatives, collective action by farmers and support from development agencies.

About the Authors

Dr Estelle Biénabe is an agricultural economist at CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development ( She was a Research Fellow in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the University of Pretoria between 2005 and 2010. Estelle holds a PhD in Agricultural and Development Economics with specialization in Environmental Economics from the University of Montpellier, France. She has expertise in supply chains, market access for smallholders and modern market dynamics including restructuring and quality related trends, organizational issues in local agriculture and food systems, and resource management and environmental policy analysis in the developing world. Julio A. Berdegué is Principal Researcher at Rimisp-Latin American Center for Rural Development, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He coordinates the Collaborative Program on Rural Territorial Dynamics, a research-based policy advice and capacity-development program for rural economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability in Latin America. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), serves in the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London), and is a member of ICCO's International Advisory Council. Berdegué is widely published. Lucian Peppelenbos is Senior Manager of Learning and Innovation at the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, a platform for the mainstreaming of sustainability in international commodity markets. Lucian holds a PhD in agricultural sciences from Wageningen University, where he specialized in value chain management. Until 2009 he was a senior adviser at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), where he worked on inclusive business development in Africa, Latin America, and India. Before this, he worked for six years in Chile as a management consultant for export agribusiness firms, farmer cooperatives and international agencies. Lucian has published four books and several papers on supply chain development in emerging and developing economies. John Belt is an agricultural economist with over 20 years' field experience in rural development. He lived and worked in Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Mozambique, Tanzania and Yemen, and has conducted numerous advisory missions throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. John worked for and with UN agencies, international and local NGOs, national and local governments, academic and applied research institutions and private companies. He is currently a value chain specialist at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

About the Series

Gower Sustainable Food Chains Series

Gower Sustainable Food Chains Series
The food industry continues to attract considerable interest and attention from various stakeholders - consumers (increasingly concerned about the provenance, safety, nutritional composition and integrity of the food they buy), government (increasingly concerned about the health of the nation and the sustainability of agriculture and the food industry), academics (increasingly challenged by the juxtaposition of food poverty and food surpluses, economic and environmental sustainability, fast food and obesity, local food chains and global supply networks), practitioners (increasingly perplexed by the relentless pursuit of competitive advantage) and civil society (increasingly perplexed by the lack of strategic vision amongst policy-makers and large food corporations, more interested in returns from the ballot box and returns to shareholders than a return to a more holistic approach to sustainable competitive advantage. What makes the food industry so fascinating is the breadth and depth of the issues that it throws up - unequivocally multi-dimensional in nature and increasingly requiring a multi-functional and multi-disciplinary approach to their analysis, explanation and resolution. The series is designed to fill a gaping hole in the literature for a range of titles, from practical textbooks to research-based monographs, appealing to broad target market with a common interest in gaining a better understanding of how food chains function, why they break down and what corrective actions different stakeholders can take in pursuit of diverse objectives.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography