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From Dumping to Production Allocation: A Critical Evaluation of the Consequences of the Corporate Food Regime
Södertörn University College, School of Life Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The shift from a US-centered food regime, shaped by protectionist state-governed agriculture, to a corporate food regime, focusing on establishing transnational agribusinesses, led to various changes in livestock production and trade. This essay investigates the extent to which this shift has affected the trade relations between Brazil, Sub-Saharan Africa and the EU, by
comparing trends in trade and production of poultry.

By using statistics from trade databases Comtrade and the Market Access Database, trends in Brazilian export flows to selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are presented and evaluated. These trends suggest an increase in Brazilian poultry import to some countries, namely South Africa, Cameroon, Senegal and Gabon, not including the dramatic drop in 2006, possibly caused by exogenous factors, such as a global decrease in poultry demand because of outbreaks of Avian Influenza. European trade with Sub-Saharan Africa has to a  moderate degree decreased or stagnated in some countries in the region, which could be explained by a high European domestic demand and a strong euro.

The agribusiness structure in Brazil suggests a strong connection to the characteristics making up the corporate food regime, and their success and expansion point toward a continued increase in poultry market shares, in turn suggesting stronger influence on the global market. Hence, the gains of trade liberalization are toned down for developing countries, seeing that trade with subsidized developed countries is being replaced with that of developing countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 45 p.
Keyword
Brazil, Corporate Food Regime, EU, Poultry, Sub-Saharan Africa, Trade Relations
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-1785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-1785DiVA: diva2:319
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lantbruk/veterinärmed./skogl. vetenskap
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