On Farm and Packhouse: Employment at the Bottom of a Global Commodity Chain

Dolan, Catherine (2004) On Farm and Packhouse: Employment at the Bottom of a Global Commodity Chain. Rural Sociology, 69 (1). pp. 99-126.

Abstract

The fresh vegetables commodity chain linking Kenyan producers with United Kingdom (UK) consumers employs significant numbers of workers in production and processing. This chain is dominated by UK retailers that determine the production imperatives of Kenyan firms upstream in the chain and, indirectly the employment strategies they adopt. This paper explores how competitive pressures are transmitted through the supply chain, and how exporters absorb these risks by placing greater emphasis on organizational flexibility and the elasticity of labor in horticul- tural production. The paper argues that while the industry provides sub- stantial employment opportunities in Kenya, the commodity chain is dependent upon the gendered and insecure forms of employment it creates.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: horticulture; gender; Kenya; export; supply chain; commodity chain
Subject(s): Retail
Centre: Oxford Institute of Retail Management
Faculty of Marketing
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 13:52
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:05
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1022

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