Global Food Trade and Consumer Demand for Quality

Author: Barry Krissoff
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1475753292
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Consumers have always been concerned about the quality, and particularly the safety, of the foods they eat. In recent years this concern has taken on additional prominence. Consumer focus on food safety has been sharpened by reports about new risks, such as that posed by "mad cow" disease, and about more familiar sources of risk, such as food borne pathogens, pesticides, and hormones. At the same time, some consumers are in creasingly interested in knowing more about how their food is produced and in selecting products based on production practices. Some of the questions consumers are asking in clude whether food is produced with the use of modern biotechnology, whether it is or ganically produced, how animals are treated in meat and egg production systems, and whether food is produced using traditional methods. Recent trends also show increased consumer demand for a variety of food products that are fresh, tasty, and available on a year-round basis. This has fostered increased global trade in food. For example, consumers in temperate climates such as North America are able to buy raspberries throughout the year, and Europeans can enjoy South American coffee. Trade in processed food products is actually increasing more rapidly than trade in agricultural commodities, further addressing the demand for variety among consumers.

Public Policy in Food and Agriculture

Author: Azzedine Azzam
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 1848260954
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Public Policy in Food and Agriculture is a component of Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. The theme on Public Policy in Food and Agriculture with contributions from distinguished experts in the field discusses food and agricultural policy - refers to all means by which a country regulates food and agriculture to achieve objectives subject to political, economic, social, and technological constraints. The content of the theme is organized with state-of-the-art presentations covering the following aspects of the subject: Public Regulation of Food and Agricultural Markets; Inspection, Quarantine and Quality Control; Land Management and Property Rights; Food Security and Government Intervention. This volume is aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.

International Marketing and Trade of Quality Food Products

Author: Maurizio Canavari
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub
ISBN: 9086860893
Format: PDF, ePub
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Due to increased purchasing power of certain consumer segments all over the world and the related growing demand for food specialties for differentiated goods in the international markets, agri-food trade and marketing is no longer focused on commodities only. Key concepts of 'Marketing', 'International Trade' and 'Quality' are taking the forefront in the scientific debate among agricultural economists dealing with agricultural and food products markets. The need for scientific knowledge about several aspects of marketing for quality food products is growing. The aim of this book is to link these key concepts together and consider connections, overlaps, contradictions and complementarities between them. This book contains peer-reviewed articles covering a range of studies on international marketing and trade for quality food products and is edited with the support of the BEAN-QUORUM project, funded by the European Union's Asia Link Programme. The topics covered by the studies range from geographical indications to organic food; from fair trade to functional food; from knowledge about quality requirements to the impact of the quest for quality. The geographical scope of the studies is broad and the perspectives vary including the consumer, the producer and the supply chain side. The focal interest of the studies also range from competitiveness, to policy, to potential demand. The book is of interest to researchers and practitioners in international food networks of all types.

Handbook on International Trade Policy

Author: William Alexander Kerr
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 9781847205469
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'This book obtains its broad expertise by pulling together expertise from a wide range of experts in the way that each chapter is written by authors specialized in the topic addressed. . . This Handbook on international trade policy is a good summary of theories, policy instruments and their effects and is written in an understandable manner. Most parts are suited for students and those who want to start understanding international trade policy. It is also useful for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners looking for quick guidance on different topics in international trade policy. The clear structure of the book organized by topics allows for a quick and easy reference.' – Martin Grass, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture The Handbook on International Trade Policy is an insightful and comprehensive reference tool focusing on trade policy issues in the era of globalization. Each specially commissioned chapter deals with important international trade issues, discusses the current literature on the subject, and explores major controversies. The Handbook also directs the interested reader to further sources of information. The expert contributors cover both traditional and more current concerns including: • history of thought on trade policy • the development of multilateral organizations such as the World Trade Organization • border restrictions and subsidies • regional trade agreements • trade and the environment • animal, plant and food safety measures • international protection of intellectual property and sanctions. Presenting a broad and state-of-the-art perspective on the topic, this highly accessible Handbook will prove an invaluable resource to researchers, academics, policymakers and practitioners concerned with international trade policy.

The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy

Author: Jayson L. Lusk
Publisher: Oxford Handbooks in Economics
ISBN: 0199681325
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This handbook brings together contributions from the top researchers in the economics of food consumption and policy. Designed as a comprehensive guide to academics and graduate students, it discusses theory and methods, policy, and current topics and applications.

Unlocking Markets to Smallholders

Author: Herman D. van Schalkwyk
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9086861687
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Preface -- 1. Market access, poverty alleviation and socio-economic sustainability in South Africa -- 2. Strategies to improve smallholders? market access -- 3. Influence of institutional and technical factors on market choices of smallholder farmers in the Kat River Valley -- 4. Technical constraints to market access for crop and livestock farmers in Nkonkobe Municipality, Eastern Cape province -- 5. Smallholders and livestock markets -- 6. Unlocking markets to smallholder farmers: the potential role of contracting -- 7. Food retailing and agricultural development -- 8. Unlocking credit markets -- 9. Governance structures for supply chain management in the smallholder farming systems of South Africa -- 10. Smallholder market access and governance in supply chains -- 11. Factors unlocking markets to smallholders: lessons, recommendations and stakeholders addressed -- About the authors -- Index.