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Dolan, Catherine (2004) 'On Farm and Packhouse: Employment at the Bottom of a Global Commodity Chain.' Rural Sociology, 69 (1). pp. 99-126.

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Abstract

The fresh vegetables commodity chain linking Kenyan producers with United Kingdom (UK) consumers employs significant numbers of workers in production and processing. This chain is dominated by UK retailers that determine the production imperatives of Kenyan firms upstream in the chain and, indirectly the employment strategies they adopt. This paper explores how competitive pressures are transmitted through the supply chain, and how exporters absorb these risks by placing greater emphasis on organizational flexibility and the elasticity of labor in horticultural production. The paper argues that while the industry provides substantial employment opportunities in Kenya, the commodity chain is dependent upon the “gendered” and insecure forms of employment it creates.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 00360112
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1526/003601104322919928
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 14:33
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19457

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