He is grateful for financial support by the National Science Foundation of the United States through a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant, and by the University of California at Berkeley. Also for comments from Bert Helmsing, Mark Lundy, Roldán Muradian, Elisabeth Norcliffe, and Felipe Rojas, and for guidance during earlier stages of this research from Michael Watts, Michael Johns, Mark Healey and Peter Evans.
The Value of Domestic Supply Chains: Producers, Wholesalers, and Urban Consumers in Colombia
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
© The Author 2013. Development Policy Review © 2013 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 511–530, September 2013
How to Cite
Guarín, A. (2013), The Value of Domestic Supply Chains: Producers, Wholesalers, and Urban Consumers in Colombia. Development Policy Review, 31: 511–530. doi: 10.1111/dpr.12023
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
- first submitted October 2011; final revision accepted September 2012
- Supply chains;
- wholesale markets;
Global value chains are potential links between smallholder farmers in developing countries and lucrative markets in industrialised nations. However, food access for poor consumers in Third World cities depends largely on traditional domestic supply chains. This article focuses on the market for perishables in Colombia, which is dominated by peasant farming and ranching, wholesale (spot) markets, and small, family-run corner stores and butchers. Here, evidence suggests that, despite characterisation of traditional supply chains as inefficient, they provide critical outlets for smallholders' heterogeneous production while simultaneously ensuring availability of cheap food for poor urban consumers.