Knowledge is Power? The role of market information in value creation by developing country aquaculture producers Public Deposited

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  • International seafood trade takes place through value chains that link production in developing countries to developed country markets. As a result of the emergence of the global value chain analytical framework from the political economy of development (and underdevelopment) approach, value chain analysis has traditionally maintained a production orientation to study the workings and impacts of value chains. This paper challenges this prevailing focus by looking 'backwards' from final demand to production, enabling an examination of the ways in which seafood value chains are shaped by value chain agents' abilities to generate, disseminate and respond to market information. The paper reveals what consumers perceive as valuable, examines the governance and coordination conditions under which information is disseminated as not all value chain relationships are equally conducive to knowledge transfer, and enlarges existing examinations of upgrading by analysing the role of market information. The paper shows that although increased knowledge is necessary, it is not a sufficient condition for increased value creation. Instead, the successful integration of developing country producers into global markets is partly dependent on governance and industry development in the exporting country, and strong relationships between production and market agents. Weaknesses in these structures and relationships undermine supplier power by reducing access to market information, lessening incentives for sharing information, and restricting value-creating capabilities.
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  • Kelling, Ingrid and J.A. Young. 2014. Knowledge is Power? The role of market information in value creation by developing country aquaculture producers.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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