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The organization of Organic vegetable supply chains in China - Flexible property rights and different regimes of smallholder inclusion

Kledal, Paul Rye and Sulitang, Tuerxunbieke (2007) The organization of Organic vegetable supply chains in China - Flexible property rights and different regimes of smallholder inclusion. Paper at: 106th EAAE Seminar Pro-poor development in low income countries: Food, agriculture, trade, and environment, Montpellier, France, 25-27th of October 2007.

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This paper analyses to what extent Chinese smallholders are included and benefit from converting their land to organic vegetable production supplying chains under two different property rights regimes destined for either export or domestic sales. Two case areas were chosen for investigation: 1) the Shanghai metropolis where organic vegetable production goes solely for domestic consumption an 2) the rural area around Tai’an city in the province of Shandong where the organic vegetable production is destined for export only. In the Shanghai metropolis small holders are not included at all in the organic vegetable production. Due to better off-farm employment the local county has instead mediated a land transfer of their property right and land use to organic farm enterprises, giving new jobs to migrant workers and local women. In the Shandong case the village cooperative act as a contractor between an organic processing industry and the many smallholders in the village. The small holders are in this way included with the organic vegetable chain and connected to growing global organic market.
Both examples illustrates how the Chinese political system on the one hand tries to manage the need for rural migration, and the other hand tries to secure a better livelihood for those whom migration is not an option.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic farming, China, supply chains, property rights, contracts
Subjects: Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
"Organics" in general > Country reports > China
Research affiliation: Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen
Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > GLOBALORG - Sustainability of organic farming in a global food chains perspective
Deposited By: Kledal, Researcher Paul Rye
ID Code:11248
Deposited On:01 Oct 2007
Last Modified:14 Nov 2011 19:23
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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