Collective action in agri-chains

Bosc Pierre-Marie, Rafflegeau Sylvain, David-Benz Hélène, Lemeilleur Sylvaine, Moustier Paule, Peyre Marie-Isabelle. 2017. Collective action in agri-chains. In : Sustainable development and tropical agri-chains. Biénabe Estelle (ed.), Rival Alain (ed.), Loeillet Denis (ed.). Dordrecht : Springer, pp. 71-81. ISBN 978-94-024-1015-0

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Abstract : Since the 1980s, liberalization policies have profoundly altered the economic and institutional contexts in which agricultural producers operate. As a consequence, some of the older forms of collective action, dating from a period when their autonomy and room for manoeuvre were restricted because of State interventions and political ideologies, have been called into question. And yet, liberalization has brought with it a period in which collective action is all the more necessary in order to meet the challenges of a more unpredictable and competitive economic environment. To the traditional issues of economies of scale, bargaining power within value chains, and reduction of transaction costs can now be added those of ensuring sustainable development at the various levels of the agri-chain. Collective action is thus marked by a variety of empirical forms and initiatives of actors that fall more or less in line with the policies that support them. Economic and social inclusion remains a strategic focus to be achieved through participatory inclusion mechanisms, innovation platforms, and mechanisms for cooperation and joint decision making between actors on the basis of information sharing. New mechanisms in which collective action plays a key role are now required in order to respond to environmental and health issues and to meet the new attributes of quality that the consumer now demands. The relative ineffectiveness of collective action in the agrifood sectors in countries of the South is due to the inadequate institutional framework and the weak rule of law, which limit the capacity of organized producers to enforce rules internal to their organization and also those regulating their relationships with other actors of the value chains. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Développement durable, Politique de développement, Secteur agricole, Secteur agroindustriel, Analyse de système, Durabilité, Étude de cas, Elaeis guineensis, Huile de palme, Coffea, Production laitière, Lait, Musa (plantains), certification, Marché, Pays en développement, Pays développé, Organisation, Groupe d'intérêt

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Cameroun, Équateur, Guinée, Côte d'Ivoire, Inde, Colombie

Mots-clés complémentaires : Filière, Filière agro-alimentaire

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
E21 - Agro-industry
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects
E40 - Cooperatives
L01 - Animal husbandry
F01 - Crops

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 3 (2014-2018) - Alimentation durable

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Bosc Pierre-Marie, CIRAD-ES-UMR MOISA (FRA)
  • Rafflegeau Sylvain, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR Systèmes de pérennes (FRA)
  • David-Benz Hélène, CIRAD-ES-UMR MOISA (FRA)
  • Lemeilleur Sylvaine, CIRAD-ES-UMR MOISA (MAR) ORCID: 0000-0003-4855-7644
  • Moustier Paule, CIRAD-ES-UMR MOISA (FRA)
  • Peyre Marie-Isabelle, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR ASTRE (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-0887-3418

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