Value Chain Struggles. Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India. RGS–IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2248838
  • Book
  • Region: India
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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There is no question that trouble is brewing for millions of coffee and tea producers worldwide. Over the past decade, the playing field has shifted as international prices have crashed and buyers have laid down extensive new requirements for market access.
Value Chain Struggles gets to the roots of these important issues by investigating the impact of new trading arrangements in the coffee and tea sectors on the lives of struggling growers in South India. Adopting a global value chain approach one that links production, trade and consumption we see the net effect this restructuring is having on the people, communities and environment in this fertile region of the world.
Like a caffeinated jolt,
Value Chain Struggles: Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India opens our eyes to the devastating impact of recent changes to global trading relations on rural producers in the world′s developing countries.
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List of Figures vi

List of Tables viii

Series Editors Preface x

Acknowledgements xi

List of Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Re–inserting Place and Institutions within Global Value Chain Analysis 27

3 How to Make a (South Indian) Cup of Tea or Coffee 66

4 The Institutional Environment of the South Indian Tea and Coffee Industries 107

5 Struggles over Labour and Livelihoods 130

6 Struggles over Environmental Governance in the Coffee Forests of Kodagu 162

7 Smallholder Engagement in Global Value Chains: Initiatives in the Nilgiris 186

8 Making a Living in the Global Economy: Institutional Environments and Value Chain Upgrading 210

9 Conclusion: What We Brewed 230

Appendix A: The Role of Managing Agents 240

Appendix B: The Operation and Intended

Reform of South India s Tea Auctions 241

Appendix C: Restructuring of Tata Tea s Munnar Operations 246

Notes 248

Bibliography 263

Index 291

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