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The Upshot Of Upgrading: Seaweed Farming And Value Chain Development In Indonesia

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Title:The Upshot Of Upgrading: Seaweed Farming And Value Chain Development In Indonesia
Authors:Wright, Emily C.
Contributors:Geography (department)
value chain
economic development
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Indonesia is the leading global exporter of seaweed, a raw material used to manufacture a higher
value product commonly used in processed foods. The Indonesian government aims to capture
that potential added value by developing the seaweed manufacturing sector through liberalization
measures, exemplifying a recent trend in global development policy to “upgrade” value chains.
Proponents say this approach brings economic benefits to all stakeholders, from small-scale
farmers to large manufacturers, yet research has shown that these outcomes are not always
realized. This study enters this debate by examining the complex social, political, and economic
factors that generate constraints and opportunities for rural seaweed farmers in Lombok, West
Nusa Tenggara province as they try to improve their position in the value chain. These findings
bear implications for the fate of Indonesia’s development program, and suggest that addressing
such institutional factors can support more equitable outcomes across value chains.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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