Technology and globalisation: who gains when commodities are de-commodified?

Kaplinsky, Raphael and Fitter, Robert (2004) Technology and globalisation: who gains when commodities are de-commodified? International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 1 (1). pp. 5-28. ISSN 1741-8194

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Like many primary products, coffee has long been characterised as a commodity with falling terms of trade and volatile prices. Yet, in recent years, there has been growing product differentiation in final markets, with premium prices being earned and high and sustainable incomes being provided. So far, these product rents have been almost entirely appropriated by residents of high-income economies. However, to the extent that growers can learn to improve their product through the systematic application of knowledge throughout the value chain, and consumers are taught to recognise that product variety and quality are determined in the growing rather than the roasting stage of the chain, an alternative outcome is possible. This paper outlines the necessary knowledge flows and concludes with an assessment of who needs to do what if this more favourable outcome for growers is to be realised.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coffee; commodities; value chain, income distribution; terms of trade; structural adjustment policies
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 16:55

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