The Moroccan Argan Trade: Producer Networks and Human Bio-Geographies, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Moroccan Argan Trade

Producer Networks and Human Bio-Geographies, 1st Edition

By Daniel F. Robinson


144 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367423599
pub: 2020-04-20
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This book provides one of the most detailed and comprehensive examinations of the Moroccan argan tree, the products derived from it and its cultural significance.

The Moroccan argan trade is booming, but as the tree provides important ecological functions and plays an important role, both financially and culturally, for the Amazigh (Berber) people it has become a key topic of debate. This book thoroughly examines the production stories, benefits and impacts and provides a value chain analysis which compares different cooperatives and approaches to production. It assesses the fair-trade approaches and attempts at sustainable production of the bio-trade resource. While being a vital source of income, the argan tree has a significant cultural importance to the indigenous people and the book assesses the impact of the argan trade on their well-being, community and livelihoods. It examines indigenous knowledge and intellectual property issues relating to the trade as well as Berber-state law and politics.

Assessing factors relating to legal and economic geography international trade, socio-cultural and human-nature relationships, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of the argan tree which will appeal to students, scholars and practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Human-Plant Geographies and the Biocultural Significance of Argan 3. Legal Geographies of Argan - Scales of Nature and Knowledge Regulation 4. The Argan Producer Network and Value Chains - Comparing Different Cooperatives and Producers 5. Women’s Producer Stories, Solidarity and Empowerment 6. Conclusions

About the Author

Daniel F. Robinson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He is also Academic Lead for the Pacific Region for the UNSW Institute for Global Development and has acted as a researcher and policy advisor for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and several other Development Programmes and Environmental Agencies. He is the author of Biodiversity, Access and Benefit-Sharing: Global Case Studies (Routledge, 2015) and Protecting Traditional Knowledge (Routledge, 2017).

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / General
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Forests & Rainforests
NATURE / Plants / Trees
NATURE / Natural Resources
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy