TitleGovernance of Global Value Chains in Response to Food Safety and Certification Standards: The Case of Shrimp from Vietnam
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTran, N, Bailey, C, Wilson, N, Phillips, MJ
JournalWorld Development
Pagination325 - 336
Date Published2013
ISBN Number0305-750X, 0305-750X
KeywordsAquaculture, Global value chains, International trade, Shrimp, Small-scale producers, Small-scale traders, Vietnam

We use global value chain (GVC) theory to understand governance of Vietnam's shrimp farming industry. We describe this GVC as buyer-driven with important food safety standards imposed by governments of importing countries and new certification systems promoted by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Governance relations are clear between governments in importing countries and Vietnam, and between importers and NGOs. Governance relations become more fragmented further down the chain where large numbers of small-scale producers and traders operate. This fragmentation may adversely affect access to the most lucrative markets and have the unanticipated effect of marginalizing small-scale farmers and traders.

Notice of Publication Number

NOP 13-315 (English)