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Value Chain Struggles: Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India

Value Chain Struggles: Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India

Jeff Neilson, Bill Pritchard

ISBN: 978-1-444-35544-4

Jul 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

320 pages

$31.99

Description

Adopting a 'global value chain' approach, Value Chain Struggles investigates the impact of new trading arrangements in the coffee and tea sectors on the lives and in the communities of growers in South India.
  • Offers a timely analysis of the social hardships of tea and coffee producers
  • Takes the reader into the lives of growers in Southern India who are struggling with issues of value chain restructuring
  • Reveals the ways that the restructuring triggers a series of political and economic struggles across a range of economic, social, and environmental arenas
  • Puts into perspective claims about the impacts of recent changes to global trading relations on rural producers in developing countries

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

 

  • Offers a timely analysis of the social hardships of tea and coffee producers
  • Takes the reader into the lives of growers in Southern India who are struggling with issues of value chain restructuring
  • Reveals the ways that the restructuring triggers a series of political and economic struggles across a range of economic, social and environmental arenas
  • Puts into perspective claims about the impacts of recent changes to global trading relations on rural producers in developing countries