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LINKING UP THE VALUE CHAIN: Assessing The Inter-Firm Linkages That Make Up The International Global Value Chains Of South African Wine And Its Effect On Pro-Poor Economic Growth

Kæraa, Marc Falcon LU (2011) SIMT24 20101
Graduate School
Master of Science in Development Studies
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
Global value chains are essential to understanding globalization in the nature of export-oriented markets and commodity flows to end-markets. Developing countries have experienced a recent wave of economic structural adjustment and introduced export-based reforms as an approach to pro-poor growth. This thesis takes South Africa’s post-apartheid wine industry as a case study to understanding the actors who are included and excluded from such a value chain. Little has been studied in the development literature on applying a full-scale value chain map to such a case. This thesis attempts to do so and assesses the value chain linkages and the challenges firms face to upgrade up the chain to create the most added value. The study is assessed in... (More)
Global value chains are essential to understanding globalization in the nature of export-oriented markets and commodity flows to end-markets. Developing countries have experienced a recent wave of economic structural adjustment and introduced export-based reforms as an approach to pro-poor growth. This thesis takes South Africa’s post-apartheid wine industry as a case study to understanding the actors who are included and excluded from such a value chain. Little has been studied in the development literature on applying a full-scale value chain map to such a case. This thesis attempts to do so and assesses the value chain linkages and the challenges firms face to upgrade up the chain to create the most added value. The study is assessed in relation to the author’s self-generated, case-appropriate theoretical value-chains framework based on selected conceptual tools. Explaining the difficulties South African-based firms have in upgrading is discussed in relation to the country’s historical implications and how post-apartheid South Africa has influenced the social and economic marginalization of certain actors within the wine industry, which ultimately has also influenced impoverishment. But as the analysis and conclusion shows, more South African wine laborers who were historically excluded from the industry are now being economically included – but their poor income levels are perpetuating their impoverishment. Policy makers can learn from this in determining if they should continue their focus on economic inclusion or if it is now time to promote narrower income gaps. (Less)
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author
Kæraa, Marc Falcon LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMT24 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Global Value Chains, Wine Industry, South Africa, Poverty Reduction, Pro-Poor Growth, Economic Inclusion and Exclusion
language
English
id
1967024
date added to LUP
2011-07-06 08:06:10
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  abstract     = {Global value chains are essential to understanding globalization in the nature of export-oriented markets and commodity flows to end-markets. Developing countries have experienced a recent wave of economic structural adjustment and introduced export-based reforms as an approach to pro-poor growth. This thesis takes South Africa’s post-apartheid wine industry as a case study to understanding the actors who are included and excluded from such a value chain. Little has been studied in the development literature on applying a full-scale value chain map to such a case. This thesis attempts to do so and assesses the value chain linkages and the challenges firms face to upgrade up the chain to create the most added value. The study is assessed in relation to the author’s self-generated, case-appropriate theoretical value-chains framework based on selected conceptual tools. Explaining the difficulties South African-based firms have in upgrading is discussed in relation to the country’s historical implications and how post-apartheid South Africa has influenced the social and economic marginalization of certain actors within the wine industry, which ultimately has also influenced impoverishment. But as the analysis and conclusion shows, more South African wine laborers who were historically excluded from the industry are now being economically included – but their poor income levels are perpetuating their impoverishment. Policy makers can learn from this in determining if they should continue their focus on economic inclusion or if it is now time to promote narrower income gaps.},
  author       = {Kæraa, Marc Falcon},
  keyword      = {Global Value Chains,Wine Industry,South Africa,Poverty Reduction,Pro-Poor Growth,Economic Inclusion and Exclusion},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {LINKING UP THE VALUE CHAIN: Assessing The Inter-Firm Linkages That Make Up The International Global Value Chains Of South African Wine And Its Effect On Pro-Poor Economic Growth},
  year         = {2011},
}