Economic Development without Pre-Requisites: How Bolivian Producers Met Strict Food Safety Standards and Dominated the Global Brazil-Nut Market

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Abstract

Brazilian firms used to dominate the brazil nut (BN) market to such an extent that the product still carries the country's name. In a surprising twist, 77% of all BNs are now processed and exported by Bolivia, a country with far fewer resources than its neighbor. This paper analyzes the impact of EU regulations on the global BN market. It finds that Bolivian producers prevailed because they joined forces to revamp their manufacturing practices and meet EU sanitary standards despite continued mutual mistrust. In contrast, Brazilian producers have been unable to work cooperatively and lost access to the European market entirely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-45
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Development
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

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Keywords

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Food safety
  • Latin America
  • Regulatory enforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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