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Analysing the robustness of spice chains in Nepal from a smallholder perspective

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Show simple item record Bhattarai, Salil en Lyne, Michael en Martin, Sandra K. en 2017-05-16T03:16:16Z 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation Bhattarai, S., Lyne, M.C., & Martin, S.K. (2015). Analysing the robustness of spice chains in Nepal from a smallholder perspective. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 5(4), 88-102. doi:10.18488/journal.1005/2015.5.4/1005.4.88.102 en
dc.identifier.issn 2304-1455 en
dc.description.abstract This study assesses the performance of supply chains for ginger and large cardamom, two major export crops produced in Nepal. In particular, it aims to identify factors that constrain marketing choices available to smallholders, so limiting the chain`s robustness from their perspective. A qualitative case study method was used to gather and analyse data on farmer-buyer dyads in the ginger and cardamom chains. These case studies were informed by a conceptual model based on Transaction Cost Economics. The analysis included a cross-case comparison to identify the effects of external attributes on the modes of engagement available to smallholders. Informal market trading was the only mode of smallholder engagement observed in both chains. However, there was evidence that smallholders had previously engaged in relational contracts in the ginger chain, and in 'captive' relational contracts in the cardamom chain. The analysis suggests that access to other modes of engagement is constrained mainly by under-investment in value-adding assets. Traditional cooperatives can and do help to resolve problems of asymmetric information and high unit transaction costs, but more innovative cooperative models are required to encourage the investment needed to finance value-adding assets and activities. en
dc.format.extent 88-102 en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Asian Economic and Social Society en
dc.relation The original publication is available from - Asian Economic and Social Society - en
dc.rights © 2015 Asian Economic and Social Society. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject large cardamom en
dc.subject ginger en
dc.subject transaction cost en
dc.subject collective marketing en
dc.subject case study en
dc.title Analysing the robustness of spice chains in Nepal from a smallholder perspective en
dc.type Journal Article
lu.contributor.unit Lincoln University en
lu.contributor.unit Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce en
lu.contributor.unit Department of Agribusiness and Markets en
lu.contributor.unit Department of Financial and Business Systems en
lu.contributor.unit Department of Global Value Chains and Trade en
lu.contributor.unit Research Management Office en
lu.contributor.unit /LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff group en
dc.subject.anzsrc 140210 International Economics and International Finance en
dc.subject.anzsrc 150503 Marketing Management (Incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) en
dc.subject.anzsrc 140201 Agricultural Economics en
dc.relation.isPartOf Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.notes doi not working, reported 10.18488/journal.1005/2015.5.4/1005.4.88.102 en
pubs.organisational-group /LU
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/AGMK
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/FABS
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/GVCT
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group /LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff group
pubs.publication-status Published en
pubs.publisher-url en
pubs.volume 5 en
dc.identifier.eissn 2224-4433 en
lu.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-4530-1195

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