The rise of voluntary standards and their associated certification for agricultural products is a well-established phenomenon in the contemporary dynamics of agricultural trade. Supply chain management is increasingly influenced by a proliferation of standards, and by the organisations setting and monitoring them over a growing number of products.

15 November 2017 - 3:30pm
Speaker(s): Dafni Skalidou & Florian Schafer

The rise of voluntary standards and their associated certification for agricultural products is a well-established phenomenon in the contemporary dynamics of agricultural trade. Supply chain management is increasingly influenced by a proliferation of standards, and by the organisations setting and monitoring them over a growing number of products.

While the objectives of standards and certification schemes vary, the focus of this review is on social sustainability standards, which are closely related to ethical trading and to schemes that focus on socio-economic outcomes of participants, essentially agricultural producers (particularly smallholders) and wage workers, whether employed by corporate plantations or individual agricultural producers.

Co-authors Dafni Skalidou and Florian Schafer will be holding a CDI seminar to share insights into the review, which posed the question:

'What are the effects of certification schemes for sustainable agricultural production, and their associated interventions, in terms of endpoint socio-economic outcomes for household/individual well-being in low- and middle-income countries?'

Find out more about the review here.

Location:
Arts 01.18
University of East Anglia
NR4 7TJ Norwich
United Kingdom
Partner(s): University of East Anglia
Public - open to all

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Lecturer in Development Economics
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