Transformations of the Retail Fish Market in Brazil and its Impacts on Small-Scale Fish Farming Public Deposited

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  • Emergence of fish farming in Brazil has generated significant effects on household agriculture, in terms of food security and income generation. However, small-scale fish farmers in the state of Tocantins have been affected by a transformation process concerning the emergence of supermarkets in the fish market. The lower prices and regular supply offered by supermarkets have created a significant competition with traditional market channels used by smallholders (e.g. farmers market, fishmongers and direct sell). The goal of this study is to analyze these transformations and its impacts over Tocantins’ small scale fish farmers. The methodological design applied is an exploratory qualitative research, based on the approach of Global Value Chain. The data were collected by face-to-face interviews. In Tocantins, the increased role of supermarkets has affected the fish market structure, previously based on traditional market channels. There is an excluding process of small-scale fish farmers, mainly due to their difficulties to access supermarket. The main limitations are related to difficulty in consolidate their production and then provide the required volume on a regular basis and competitive prices. It is evident that the sustainability of small scale fish farms must be based on adding value of the products and in the access to new markets. The increase of production scale, improving logistics efficiency and organizing farmers are some determinant elements to increase added value. However, adding value requires a high level of organizational management. An increased production scale, quality and logistics efficiency, are key factors to ensure access to these opportunities.
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  • Pedroza, Manoel, R. Barroso, R. M. V. Flores. 2014. Transformations of the Retail Fish Market in Brazil and its Impacts on Small-Scale Fish Farming. In: Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play?: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 7-11, 2014, Brisbane, Australia. Complied by Ann L. Shriver & Melissa Errend. Corvallis, OR: International Institute of Fisheries.
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