Regoverning Markets publications

The Regoverning Markets project focused on corporate concentration in the global food sector and its consequences for sustainable development, the goal was to secure more equitable producer and trade benefits in response to the dynamic changes in agrifood market restructuring. It was a multi-partner collaborative research programme made up of a consortium of some 20 research organisations and funding agencies.

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Main publications

Inclusive Business in Agrifood Markets: Evidence and Action. This report is based on proceedings of the conference 'Inclusive Business in Agrifood Markets: Evidence and Action' - held in Beijing, 5-6 March 2008. Over 130 participants from 31 countries, representing farming, policy, agrifood business, research and civil society met to assess how modernization of the food system can include and benefit small-scale farmers.

Chain-Wide Learning for Inclusive Agrifood Market Development. This guide provides concepts and tools for working with actors along the entire value chain so that modern markets can be more inclusive of small-scale producers and entrepreneurs

Opportunities for small-scale producers' inclusion in dynamic markets in developing countries and transition economies. The objective of the workshops was to open up the space for dialogue on the key issues and opportunities that currently, or could in the future, exist, and be further developed for enhanced participation in modern agrifood markets by small-scale producers and entrepreneurs. A key focus of these workshops was to build up single stakeholder voice and views and to bring together the views and opinions of multiple stakeholders.

Regoverning Markets: A Place for Small Scale Producers in Modern Agrifood Chains? Farmers and policy-makers are struggling to keep up with the wave of new demands being made on their supply chains by food manufacturers and retailers. In the process, new questions and challenges are arising

Reconnecting Markets Innovative Global Practices in Connecting Small-Scale Producers with Dynamic Food Markets The rapid changes taking place in the structure and governance of national and regional agri-food markets in developing countries seriously affect the ability of agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture, to contribute to economic growth and sustainable development. Reconnecting Markets  focuses on the keys to inclusion of small-scale farmers and rural SMEs into dynamic national and regional markets

Making a difference This paper reviews the extent to which the Regoverning Markets (RM) programmes' outputs and activities have contributed directly and indirectly to the wider vision of more secure and enhanced inclusion of small-scale producers and small- and medium-scale entrepreneurs in dynamic modern agrifood value chains. It focuses specifically on domestic and regional agrifood markets within developing and emerging market-economy countries.

Standard bearers: Horticultural exports and private standards in Africa Standard bearers looks at actual evidence of smallholder exclusion and the costs and benefits of inclusion in demanding export markets. It also explores opportunities to adapt requirements and develop approaches with lower costs to make private standards more beneficial to, and inclusive of, small-scale growers

Innovative practice series

Brazil: Access of family farmers to biodiesel markets - partnerships between large companies and social movements What are the chances that this policy will provide a sustainable source of income generation for groups that find themselves at the base of the social pyramid of farmers? Can this policy establish technological and organizational innovations capable of creating sustainability in income generation processes?

Component 2 synthesis: Innovative practice in connecting small-scale producers with dynamic markets

Innovative Practice Bulgaria: A case study from the Plovdiv region

Market chain changes in a small-farm economy: A case study of mushrooms in China

China: Supermarket penetration in rural China: the Suguo model and its impacts on smallholders and SMEs

Innovative Practice China: Collective action by small-farm households in big markets- Ruoheng farmer watermelon cooperative

Innovative Practice China: Case Studies of Carrefour's Quality Lines

From the Amazon to the supermarket: Innovation and the integration of small-scale Amazonian chilli pepper producers

Innovative Practice Guatemala: The experience of small producers in competitive markets - a case study of OPCION/Aj Ticonel

Innovaciones Organizacionales de Pequeños Productores de Vegetales para Participar en Canales de Comercialización Dinámicos

Innovative Practice Hungary: Successful cooperatives in the Hungarian poultry sector

Innovative Practice Hungary: Morakert Cooperative

India - Connecting small-scale farmers with dynamic markets: A case study of a successful supply chain in Uttarakhand

India - Marketing cooperatives in a new retail context: A case study of HOPCOMS

Innovative Practice Indonesia - The transparent margin partnership model: Linking mango farmers to dynamic markets

Jordan - Participation and decision making of small-scale producers in new sheep cheese market channels in the Badia

Innovative Practice Kenya: Access to high value markets by smallholders of African indigenous Vegetables

Innovative Practice Maroc - Une etude de cas de COPAG

A case study on the agricultural cooperative COPAG

Morocco - Key factors relating to the integration of small- and medium-sized Moroccon olive oil producers into modern markets

Innovative Practice Pakistan: A case study of milk production and marketing by small and medium scale contract farmers

Innovative Practice Philippines: The case of NorminVeggies in the Philippines

Philippines: Keys to Inclusion of Small-Scale Organic Rice Producers in Supermarkets

Connecting smallholder producers with dynamic supply chains: A case study of small-scale tomato producers in Russia

Innovative Practice South Africa: The inclusion and empowerment of farmers through partnerships

South Africa: New trends in supermarket procurement systems - local procurement schemes from SSGs by rural chain stores

Innovative Practice Sri Lanka: Integrating small farmers into dynamic supply chains - case study of Ma's tropical fruit company

Tanzania - The impact of market links on horticultural production in the Mara region

Thailand - Innovative practice in integrating small farmers into dynamic supply chains: CMK housewives' group in potato chips

Innovative Practice C2 Rd 2 - Togo: Promotion d’Entreprises de Services et Organisations de Producteurs (ESOP)

Promoting service provider and producer organisations: A case study of Soja NYO

A win-win relationship between a producers’ union and a supermarket chain in the Turkish fresh fruit and vegetables sector

The case of the Nyabyumba United Farmers Group in Kabale district

Innovative policy

Argentina's BCPC as a policy innovation to prevent conflict between suppliers, proccesors and supermarkets This short article describes the Best Commercial Practices Code (BCPC) adopted in 2000 in Argentina by the leading actors of the private sector, with the support of the government, to improve the commercial relations between suppliers, processors and supermarkets.

Innovative Policy C2 Rd 2 Australia: Farmer collective bargaining, Australia's revised Trade Practices Act

Government procurement policies in Bolivia: Creating a learning envt for smallholder value chains to serve more demanding mkts

Innovative Policy C2 Rd 2 Canada Maple syrup production in Quebec: Farmer self-determination for market control

Innovative Policy C2 Rd 2 Canada Marketing baords used to connect and empower small-to medium-scale farmers in markets

An example of an agricultural brokers' association: The Tongzhou Agricultural Brokers' Association

Agribusiness and the cooperative farmer model: The Jing Hai chicken production cooperative

Innovative policy Kenya: Kenya Policy innovations in small-scale milk markets in Kenya and East Africa

Innovative policy Mexico: Mexico Strategy for the inclusion of small and medium-sized avocado producers in dynamic markets

Government incentive schemes offering financial support for farmers' marketing organizations and the response: the law in Poland

Agrifood sector studies

Agrifood Sector Studies China: Restructuring agrifood markets in China - The horticulture sector This report concentrates on identifying the determinants and consequences of restructuring the horticulture sector in China. The analysis is conducted on three levels: macro (policy issues and the national business environment), meso (the different chain segments and villages) and micro (household level).

Component 1 meso synthesis

Component 1 micro synthesis

C1 Micro agrifood sector study - Production, marketing and impacts of market chain changes of farmers in China

C1 Meso agrifood sector study - Restructuring agrifood markets in India: The dairy sector

C1 Micro agrifood sector study - Determinants, costs, and benefits of small farmer inclusn in restructured agrifood chains:Dairy

Agrifood Sector Studies Indonesia: Restructuring of agrifood chains in Indonesia - National and local meso study

Agrifood Sector Studies Indonesia: The case of potato farmers in West Java

Agrifood Sector Studies Mexico: The strawberry marketing network in Michoacán, Mexico - A structural view. Meso study report

Agrifood Sector Studies Poland: The Dairy sector in Poland

C1 Micro agrifood sector study - Farm-level restructuring in Poland: Evidence from the dairy sector

Agrifood Sector Studies South Africa: Restructuring Food Markets South Africa - dynamics within the tomato subsector

C1 Micro agrifood sector study - Smallholder farmers' participation in restructuring food markets: The tomato subsector in SA

Agrifood Sector Studies Turkey: Restructuring of agrifood chains in Turkey - The produce sector (Part A - meso study)

Restructuring of agrifood chains in Turkey: The produce sector (Part B - micro study)

Agrifood Sector Studies Zambia: Restructuring food markets in Zambia - Dynamics in the beef and chicken

C1 Micro agrifood sector study - Smallholder farmers’ participation in restructuring markets: The beef subsector in Zambia

National policy processes

Opportunities for small-scale producers' inclusion in dynamic markets in developing countries and transition economies A series of working meetings were held in Dhaka and in Daudkandi, Comilla District, Bangladesh, during 12-14 June 2007, to explore the emerging implications to small-scale producers and processors of changes in the dynamic agric-business sector.

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Bangladesh

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic markets in Indonesia

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Morocco

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Pakistan

Linking Small producers to Modern Markets: Policy and Institutional Mapping Workshop

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in South Africa

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Turkey

Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets: The Case of Vietnamese Pig Sector

Regional resources

Southern Africa Regional Synthesis Restructuring food markets in the Southern Africa region: Dynamics in the context of the fresh produce sub-sector. A synthesis of country findings.

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Synthesis

Southern Africa Policy Brief 1 - Restructuring food markets in the Southern African region: A synthesis of country findings

Southern Africa Policy Brief 2 - Agribusiness linkages in the Southern African region: Small farmer participation

Southern Africa Policy Brief - Improved small scale farmer access to fresh produce agri-food markets in South Africa

Southern Africa Policy Brief 4 -The role of Fresh Produce Markets in South Africa

Southern Africa Policy Brief 5 - Interregional trade in agri- & agroprocessed produce

Southern Africa Policy Brief 6 - A programme to mainstream black farmers into supply chains: An emphasis on Fresh Produce

Southern Africa Policy Brief 7 - Botswana: Trends in growth of modern retail and wholesale chains and related agribusiness

Southern Africa Policy Brief 8.- Namibia: Trends in growth of modern retail and wholesale chains and related agribusiness

Southern Africa Policy Brief 9. Restructuring food markets in Zambia: Dynamics in the beef and chicken sub-sectors

Associated publications

Determinants of Small-Scale Farmer inclusion in Emerging Modern Agrifood Markets: A Study of the Dairy Industry in India

Producing and Procuring Horticultural Crops with Chinese Characteristics: The Case of Northern China

Small producers, supermarkets, and the role of intermediaries in Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable market

Supermarkets, wholesalers and tomato growers in Guatemala

Successful Producer Owned Marketing Organisations in a Transition Country: Two Case Studies from Hungarian Agribusiness

Smallholder Incomes, Vegetable Marketing and Food Safety: Evidence from China

Marketing China's Fruit: Are small, poor farmers being excluded from the supply chain?

Dynamics of the restructuring fresh produce food markets in the southern African region

The impact of South African supermarkets on agricultural development in the SADC: a case study in Zambia, Namibia and Botswana

Small producer groups in restructuring Philippine vegetable industry

Smallholder Incomes, Food Safety and Producing, and Marketing China's Fruit

Regoverning the dairy sector in Poland

AVIUM agricultural co-operative and AVIUM 2000 poultry processing co-operative

Integration of small and medium size farmers by co-operatives in the Hungarian fruit and vegetable sector - a case study

Alternative marketing options for small-scale farmers in the wake of changing agri-food supply chains in South Africa

Determinants of Small-Scale Farmer inclusion in Emerging Modern Agrifood Markets: A Study of the Dairy Industry in India

La red de comercialización de la fresa en Michoacán, México: una mirada estructural

La fresa en Michoacán: los retos del mercado

Regoverning agrifood markets in CEEC - Poland's pork and apple markets

Restrukturyzacja Sektora Mleczarskiego w Polsce. Przyczyny i Skutki

Increasing Presence of Farmer Associations in Local and Export Markets: Case of Armenian Milk, Fruit and Vegetable Producers

Dairy supply chain modernisation in Poland - what about those not keeping the pace?

Marketing Cooperative vs Producer's Agent: The Turkish Dilemma in Modern FFV Market

Regoverning markets in the Hungarian dairy sector