The Economic Impact of Supermarket Growth in Vietnamese Food Supply Chains

Cadilhon, Jean-Josph and Fearne, Andrew and Figuie, Muriel and Tam, Phan Thi Giac and Moustier, Paule and Poole, Nigel (2007) The Economic Impact of Supermarket Growth in Vietnamese Food Supply Chains. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2 (7). pp. 1-12. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Supermarkets and other modern distribution outlets are sprouting in the cities of Vietnam to market goods to an emerging middle class, resulting in significant changes in the structure and operation of food supply chains. The sustainability literature advocates a multiple stakeholder approach to the analysis of structural change in global food markets, yet the debate over the impact of the global expansion of supermarkets appears to take inadequate account of displacement impacts on local food economies in general and lower income groups in particular. This paper analyses the growth of the modern distribution sector in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It then identifies the economic impacts of supermarket growth on different stakeholders in the food marketing system of Vietnamese cities. The findings suggest that whilst supermarkets are encouraging the production of “safe” food, which is likely to have a positive impact on the environment and consumer health, the employment created by supermarkets is limited compared with traditional markets, larger-scale farming is preferred and many smallholders, traders and poorer consumers are excluded from the modern food marketing system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Business-to-Business Relationships, Food Marketing Systems, Sustainable Development, Supermarkets, Vietnam
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008 07:00
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 09:37
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3100 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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