Publications

GVC: Food and Agriculture

Global Value Chains and Agrifoods Standards: Challenges and Possibilities for Smallholders in Developing Countries

2012   |    Joonkoo Lee, Gary Gereffi, Janet Beauvais

The rise of private food standards has brought forth an ongoing debate about whether they work as a barrier for smallholders and hinder poverty reduction in developing countries. This paper uses a global value chain approach to explain the relationship between value chain structure and agrifood safety and quality standards and to discuss the challenges and possibilities this entails for the upgrading of smallholders.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 109, no. 31 (July 31): 12326-12331. Part of Special Feature on “Agriculture Development and Nutrition Security.”  View PDF   View Publication

Why the World Suddenly Cares About Global Supply Chains

2012   |    Gary Gereffi, Joonkoo Lee

The global value chain (GVC) concept has gained popularity as a way to analyze the international expansion and geographical fragmentation of contemporary supply chains and value creation and capture therein. It has been used broadly in academic publications that examine a wide range of global industries, and by many of the international organizations concerned with economic development. This note highlights some of the main features of GVC analysis and discusses the relationship between the core concepts of governance and upgrading.

Journal of Supply Chain Management 48, 3 (July): 24-32.  View PDF   View Article

Global value chains and agrifoods standards: Challenges and possibilities for smallholders in developing countries

2010   |    Joonkoo Lee, Gary Gereffi, Janet Beauvais

The rise of private food standards has brought forth an ongoing debate about whether they work as a barrier for smallholders and hinder poverty reduction in developing countries. This paper uses a global value chain approach to explain the relationship be

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS Early Edition, Dec 13  View Article

The Marketing and Distribution of Fast Food

2010   |    Michelle Christian and Gary Gereffi

Pediatric Obesity: Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment Pp. 439- 450 in Michael Freemark (ed.) New York: Humana Press.  View Publication

Trade, Transnational Corporations and Food Consumption: A Global Value Chain Approach

2010   |    Gary Gereffi, Michelle Christian

This paper applies the GVC framework to examine the linkages between trade, foreign direct investment and food consumption in several illustrative country cases (China, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago), and highlights the role of TNCs as drivers of food co

Trade, Food, Diet and Health: Perspectives and Policy Options   View Paper

U.S.-Based Food and Agricultural Value Chains and Their Relevance to Healthy Diets

2009   |    Gary Gereffi, Joonkoo Lee, Michelle Christian

This article examines the structure and health implications of two industries, chicken and tomatoes, that play prominent roles in US food and agricultural competitiveness. Both industries have become more concentrated over time, with powerful “lead firms”

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition Gereffi, Gary, Lee, Joonkoo and Christian, Michelle(2009) 'US-Based Food and Agricultural Value Chains and Their Relevance to Healthy Diets', Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 4: 3, 357 — 374  View Article

US-based Food and Agricultural Value Chains and Their Relevance to Healthy Diets

2009   |    Gary Gereffi, Joonkoo Lee and Michelle Christian

Special issue on “Food Systems and Public Health: Linkages to Achieve Healthier Diets and Healthier Communities.

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 4, 3: 357-374  Read More

Value Chain for the U.S. Cotton Industry

2005   |    Andrew Hutson, Monica Biravadolu, Gary Gereffi

In this report, the authors take a comprehensive view of the cotton industry detailing the key actors, market forces and vulnerabilities within each of the main segments from cotton production to the manufacture of textiles and cottonseed products.

Report Prepared for Oxfam America   View PDF