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Feeding the Market

By Jon Hellin,Sophie Higman
ISBN: 9781853395604
This book rises above the fray to examine what is happening at the interface between globalization and producers in the South. Based on extensive fieldwork from the sweeping grasslands of Patagonia to the coffee farms of Ecuador, the authors illustrate the practical obstacles that farmers face in accessing markets.
£17.95

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  • Synopsis
    "This is an accessible book which distils the ultimate question : how to reconcile the contradictory demands of the globalized market?" From the foreword by Jon Snow.
    The debate about the pros and cons of globalization has become increasingly polarized and yet the voices of the rural poor are seldom heard. This book rises above the fray to examine what is happening at the interface between globalization and producers in the South. Based on extensive fieldwork from the sweeping grasslands of Patagonia to the coffee farms of Ecuador, the authors illustrate the practical obstacles that farmers face in accessing markets, above all, the difficulties of meeting market demands for large quantities of high quality produce in continuous supply. By focusing on eight different products: bananas, coffee, potatoes, coca, wine, sheep, forestry and the Andean grain quinoa. The impact of global market developments upon smallholder farmers is richly described. The authors draw lessons from both the success stories and farmers' frustrated attempts to benefit from market opportunities. They point the way to the changes in policies and markets that are needed, and to practical interventions where development professionals can have a real impact. This book compliments existing texts on the macro level of globalization to provide an accessible southern perspective on the debate.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Contents, Foreword by John Snow, Preface, Acknowledgements, Acronyms, Map of South America)
    1. Introduction
    2. Green gold: Ecuador's banana producers
    3. Niche markets: a solution to the coffee crisis?
    4. Potatoes and Andean tubers: losing diversity?
    5. Quinua and food security
    6. Coca eradication and alternative development
    7. Wine and Pisco: success or sour grapes?
    8. Sheep in Patagonia: blown by the winds of change
    9. Forestry and farmers’ livelihoods: making trees pay
    10. Conclusions: the need for trade and aid
    Back Matter (Notes, Select Bibliography and Reading List, Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘Engrossing – the authors definitely achieve their aim of shedding a producer perspective on the debates over farming and globalization. Gives a real sense of place and is mercifully devoid of too much jargon. A real contribution to the literature on this issue, and deserves to be widely read.’
    Duncan Green, Policy Analyst, CAFOD

    ‘Brings to life the struggles of smallholder farmers producing for major commodity markets. While documenting well the challenges for smallholders of rapid market integration, even as public services to farmers are dismantled, the authors move beyond the strident polarization that characterizes too much of this debate, to provide practical guidance for making markets and policies work better for low-income producers.’
    Sara J. Scherr, Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Trends

  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Jon Hellin,Sophie Higman
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 256
    Format Paperback / softback