Title
Agricultural outsourcing : a two-headed coin?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Global and planetary change. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
100(2013) , p. 20-27
ISSN
0921-8181
ISI
000315557900003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Since two decades ago, when China's economic strength has made this most populated country as a leading global agricultural outsourcer, there have increasingly been hot debates on whether such outsourcing is destructive or constructive, especially for host countries. Some critics pessimistically call it land grabs or neocolonialism that should be prevented while others optimistically appreciate it as a development opportunity that should be promoted. The first group interprets the outsourcing as a winloss process while the second considers it as a winwin deal. This study tries to show the possible gains and losses of both outsourcers and host countries. Accordingly, this paper introduces four different situations; i.e. lossloss; winloss; losswin; and winwin. The first situation is understood as a red-deal which should urgently be stopped. The second and third situations are called yellow-deal which should be adjusted to come up with the last situation which we call green-deal that addresses the benefits of both outsourcers and outsourcees. The paper concludes that in order to understand the main impacts of such deals, we still need to create more evidence for each situation in the framework of a series of risk assessment studies on the bases of both country-case and crop-case.
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