Pathways of Transformation or transgression? Power relations, ethical space and labour rights in Kenyan agri-food value chains

Citation:
Nelson V, Tallontire A, Opondo M, Martin A. "Pathways of Transformation or transgression? Power relations, ethical space and labour rights in Kenyan agri-food value chains." Food Transgressions: Making Sense of Contemporary Food Policies; Goodman, M., Sage, C., Eds. 2016:15-38.

Abstract:

In the widespread trend for more participatory governance in public policy and planning (Cornwall and Coelho 2007; Nelson 2008; Gaventa and Mayo 2009), novel forms of engagement between private authority and civil society are also emerging, for example, in the development of private standards and monitoring systems (Giovannucci and Ponte 2005; Busch and Bain 2004). This chapter focuses on participation in private sector and value chain governance. In the late 1990s international NGOs and trade unions engaged with large retailers and brands to improve the content and implementation of labour codes, which had been initially written by companies in response to media, NGO and trade union pressure (Barrientos 2000, Hughes et al. 2007). The participation of private sector, trade unions, and NGO representatives and government observers in multistakeholder initiatives theoretically represents a new opportunity for improving the development and implementation of labour standards in global value chains (Tallontire 2007).

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