Global Food Trade and Consumer Demand for Quality

Author: Barry Krissoff
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1475753292
Format: PDF, ePub
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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
Format: PDF
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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.

Global Food Security and Supply

Author: Wayne Martindale
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118699297
Format: PDF, Docs
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With the global population projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, the need for nations to secure food supplies for their populations has never been more pressing. Finding better supply chain solutions is an essential part of achieving a secure and sustainable diet for a rapidly increasing population. We are now in a position, through methods including life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprinting and other tools, to accurately measure and assess our use – or misuse – of natural resources, including food. The impact of new technologies and management systems can therefore improve efficiencies and find new ways to reduce waste. Global Food Security and Supply provides robust, succinct information for people who want to understand how the global food system works. The book demonstrates the specific tools available for understanding how food supply works, addresses the challenges facing a secure and safe global food supply, and helps readers to appreciate how these challenges might be overcome. This book is a concise and accessible text that focuses on recent data and findings from a range of international collaborations and studies. The author provides both a snapshot of global food supply and security today, and a projection of where these issues may lead us in the future. This book will therefore be of particular interest to food policy leaders, commercial managers in the food industry, and researchers and students seeking a better understanding of a rapidly evolving topic.

Unlocking Markets to Smallholders

Author: Herman D. van Schalkwyk
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9086861687
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

The Agro Food Chains and Networks for Development

Author: Ruerd Ruben
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402046001
Format: PDF, Docs
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Agro-food chains and networks play an increasingly important role in providing access to markets for producers from developing countries. In developing countries companies become integrated into geographically dispersed supply networks that link producers, traders and processors from the South with retailers and consumers in urban centres and in the North. Globalization of trade and integration of supply chains lead to new demands regarding food quality, safety and health. Companies involved in global food and agri-business chains and networks face fast changes in their market and business environment. New procedures and practices for organizing food supply networks – based on co-innovation between primary producers, processors and retailers – are emerging to cope with food grades and standards. Optimizing chain performance asks for cooperation between all agents involved in the supply chain. Agro-food companies communicate consumers’ demands to smallholders to guarantee stable market access. Public and voluntary agencies may provide important contributions for reinforcing the supply-chain environment. This volume combines insights from theory with a large number of business cases to enable a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints that supply-chain integration can offer for stimulating rural development.

Handbook on International Trade Policy

Author: William Alexander Kerr
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN:
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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