Who's got the power? Tackling imbalances in agricultural supply chains

BASIC (Bureau d’Analyse Sociétale pour une Information Citoyenne), 2014

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Over recent decades, agricultural chains have become more global and tightly coordinated by a small number of leading actors as a result of the growth of supermarkets and the consolidation of manufacturing, processing, logistics and other related industries (seeds and chemicals). Although the chain as a whole is quite profitable, the benefits are skewed in favour of the lead firms in the chain and the gap between producer prices and retail prices has grown. More profoundly, the terms of trade for smaller producers have declined; workers’ conditions have deteriorated; smallerscale farmers are increasingly excluded from modern markets and growing environmental burdens undermine the sustainability of food production in many regions


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economic social