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Estimating the impact of small-scale farmer collective action on food safety: The case of vegetables in Vietnam

Estimating the impact of small-scale farmer collective action on food safety: The case of vegetables in Vietnam

Naziri, Diego ORCID: 0000-0002-8078-5033, Aubert, Magali, Codron, Jean-Marie, Loc, Nguyen Thi Tan and Moustier, Paule (2014) Estimating the impact of small-scale farmer collective action on food safety: The case of vegetables in Vietnam. The Journal of Development Studies, 50 (5). pp. 715-730. ISSN 0022-0388 (Print), 1743-9140 (Online) (doi:10.1080/00220388.2013.874555)

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Abstract

This paper is an original empirical attempt to explain the outcome of collective action in the domain of food safety. We examine conditions and institutions that influence pesticide residue levels in vegetables using econometric analysis on data gathered from 60 farmer organisations in Vietnam. Findings suggest that collective action affects safety in that it provides members with technical assistance and monitoring for pest management at the farming level. They confirm the U-shape hypothesis of the effect of group size on safety performance which derives from the trade-off that exists between economies of scale and free-riding. The contribution of public authorities and ecological conditions to food safety remains controversial, while market forces do not yet seem able to drive the production of safer vegetables.

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Additional Information: [1] Supplemental Content: This article's supplemental content is available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/suppl/10.1080/00220388.2013.874555. Each file carries a brief description and is also referred to at appropriate places in the main text of the article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: small-scale farmer, collective action, food safety, vegetables, Vietnam
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 09:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10003

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