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Global or local food chains? Uncovering the dilemmas in Senegal and Peru

Is it possible to re-localise food production and consumption? ‘Old’ market destinations are losing out in favour of new emerging markets. From being simple ‘policy takers’ developing and emerging economy countries are gaining sovereignty and becoming ‘policy makers’ – helping to reshape food systems and the
geopolitics of food trade. Using case studies from Senegal and Peru, this paper examines whether local or global food chains are better at delivering food security and safety, decent employment, protecting the environment and contributing to economic growth.
Both countries import and export food and feed. Both face policy dilemmas and are rethinking business interventions, juggling national food security, economic growth and international trade agreements while satisfying growing domestic and regional demands and new consumers’ aspirations.

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Del Pozo-Vergnes, E and Vorley, B (2015. Global or local food chains? Uncovering the dilemmas in Sengal and Peru. IIED, London.