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Global Agro-Food Trade and Standards

Challenges for Africa

  • Peter Gibbon
  • Stefano Ponte
  • Evelyne Lazaro

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Peter Gibbon, Evelyne Lazaro
    Pages 1-20
  3. Simon Bolwig, Peter Gibbon
    Pages 21-42
  4. Adam Akyoo, Evelyne Lazaro
    Pages 43-69
  5. Peter Gibbon, Adam Akyoo, Simon Bolwig, Sam Jones, Yumiao Lin, Louise Lund Rants
    Pages 70-100
  6. Emmanuel R. Mbiha, Gasper C. Ashimogo
    Pages 101-119
  7. Evelyne Lazaro, Lone Riisgaard, Fredy Kilima, Jeremiah Makindara, Raymond Mnenwa
    Pages 120-135
  8. Reuben M. J. Kadigi, Ntengua S. Y. Mdoe, Ephraim Senkondo, Zena Mpenda
    Pages 162-183
  9. Stefano Ponte
    Pages 232-243
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 244-275

About this book


Standards are replacing tariffs as the main trade barriers facing African agro-food exports. This book examines the challenges and opportunities that new public and private standards present to African countries – focusing on food safety, environmental and climate change, and social and labour standards.


climate change culture environment Europe management safety sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Gibbon
    • 1
  • Stefano Ponte
    • 1
  • Evelyne Lazaro
    • 2
  1. 1.DIISDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Economics and AgribusinessSokoine University of AgricultureTanzania

About the editors

PETER GIBBON is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His recent work includes Trading Down: Africa, Value Chains and The Global Economy (with Stefano Ponte).

STEFANO PONTE is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His recent work includes Trading Down: Africa, Value Chains and The Global Economy (with Peter Gibbon) and The Coffee Paradox: Commodity Trade and the Elusive Promise of Development (with Benoit Daviron).
EVELYNE LAZARO is Senior Research Fellow in Agricultural Economics at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. She has published extensively on soil and water management and on agro-food standards.

Bibliographic information


'...the editors do a fantastic job...of summarising what is surely a growing trend in agro-food trade, and some authors, notably Riisgaard, offer valuable insights into the local politics of standards and how these are shaped by the continued power of Northern retailers within the value chain.' - Review of African Political Economy