Exploring ways to create opportunities and identify favourable outcomes for small-scale producers in developing countries to participate in international horticultural supply chains - in particular those in the UK. The rise of private standards and the current and changing public standards impacting the horticultural sector give strong concerns that the way these supply chains are managed – through standards and certification processes – are also a potential barrier to entry for smaller producers and enterprises. Over a three-year period, the project will work with food retailers, importers, standard-setting bodies, traders and producers towards ensuring that supply chain standards and other procurement practices do not discriminate against small-scale producers, with a focus on African export horticulture.
The Agrifood Standards Programme has now closed
Over 2005-8, IIED and NRI worked with DFID to explore opportunities for more favourable outcomes for small producers in developing countries to participate in international horticultural supply chains, given the rise of private standards. This project has now closed.
Here you can also find further links and non-programme resources of interest in the Resources section. For convenience, the key outputs from this project follow:
This book details how private standards are set by the food producing industry and retailers, mainly to assure food safety and good agricultural practice. However their proliferation is a major concern in developing countries where these standards are regarded as too expensive for smallholders to comply with. So what really are the benefits and costs of private standards for small-scale producers?
This paper summarises the major findings and subsequently draws policy recommendations for retailers, exporters, donors, service providers and researchers. This summary links to source papers in two publication series discussed below: the two-page Fresh Perspectives, and full length Fresh Insights,
Fresh Insights is a series of technical working papers that have been produced by the ‘Small-scale producers and standards in agrifood supply chains' project. These are fully referenced and peer reviewed - all are available both in freely downloadable pdf format and as paper copies from IIED.
Fresh Perspectives is a series of short opinion briefing papers written by key stakeholders on issues central to the debate over the impact of private voluntary standards and sustainable development. These bite-sized pieces are designed to fast-track the reader on a specific issue and aims to guide the debate. These are available both in freely downloadable pdf format and as paper copies from IIED Fresh Perspectives operates an open-door policy for stakeholders with an opinion or an issue they wish to highlight. Contact IIED if you are interested in writing one.