International Trade and Food Security
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International Trade and Food Security

Exploring Collective Food Security in Asia

Edited by Michael Ewing-Chow and Melanie Vilarasau Slade

Food security is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Through a collection of commissioned studies, which draw upon the experience of leading experts and scholars in trade, investment, law, economics, and food policy, this book assesses whether self-sufficiency is an adequate response to the food security challenges we face
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Chapter 2: Global value chains in the food sector

Julia Tijaja


The emergence of global value chains (GVCs) has gathered pace over the last two decades. The interconnected nature of these GVCs, which span multiple countries, regions and market actors, has implications in many policy areas, including trade, investment and development. However, detailed data on how these GVCs really operate remains limited, particularly for the agri-food sector. The last few years have witnessed a growing number of case studies on the globally integrated value chains at the product and aggregate level but research into these agri-food GVCs, particularly at the macro level, is still in its early stages. The challenges are numerous: reliable data is often not available at national level, nor easily compared across states, and in the case of some of the most globally integrated value chains, is proprietary to multinational companies.

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