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Techno-production network and edamame trade between Taiwan and Japan

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Title: Techno-production network and edamame trade between Taiwan and Japan
Authors: Wang, Kuan-Chi
Keywords: edamame
Issue Date: May 2013
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2013]
Abstract: This study focuses on the vegetable trade between Taiwan and Japan using the case of the edamame industry and its governance. This study will explore the "actually existing globalization" of agrofood in East Asia. I will ask how and under what conditions the Taiwanese edamame industry has been able to perform successfully while the local vegetable industry of Taiwan and edamame industry of China have failed.
The intellectual merit of this research lies in its description of the geo-political economy of food trade in East Asia. In the study of food geography, and particularly of the globalization of food trade, there is much literature on Contract Farming (CF), Global Commodity Chain (GCC) and Global Production Network (GPN) to help in our understanding of food production and trade in a cross-border context. Yet there has been little study of the role of varied geographies of regulations and of producers' strategies in questioning the dynamics of food trade. Drawing from the case of the edamame industry of Taiwan--the world's leading supplier of edamame beans--and edamame trade between Taiwan and Japan in the past decades, I build on the CF, GCC, and GPN literatures and go further to conceptualize the active participation of Taiwanese actors in the formation of the "techno-production network," in order to better understand the geo-political economies of food globalization. This research will contribute to a deeper understanding of the geo-political economy of food trade, by revealing political-historical contours of an East Asian food production network, built by Japan and Taiwan in colonial era, postwar and Cold War era, and present neoliberal era.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013.
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