Agribusiness at Global Scale and Smallholders

University of Perugia, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, 06121 Perugia, Italia


BRUNI, M. and F. M. SANTUCCI, 2016. Agribusiness at global scale and smallholders. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 22: 01–09

This paper explores the different dimensions of the recent dialogue about global food chains and the relevance their specific characteristics might have for the livelihoods of small-scale agricultural producers. It moves from describing positive and negative aspects of contract farming, to defining the role of corporations and their Corporate Social Responsibility strategies, and to exploring briefly the Fair Trade concept. Finally it describes the emersion of Multi-Stakeholders Global Partnerships where Civil Society Organizations can act as third parties for the establishment of win-win relationships in global value chains.

Key words: international trade, contract farming, fair trade, civil society organizations, multi stakeholders platforms
Abbreviations: CSO (Civil Society Organization), CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture and Development), IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development), MSP (Multi Stakeholders Platforms), NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats), TNC (Trans National Corporations), UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), WCED (World Commission on Environment and Development), WFP (World Food Program)

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