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Document ID (ISN)107495
CIS number 07-1353
ISBN(s) 978-92-2-119630-3 (En); 978-92-2-219630-2 (fr); 978-92-2-319630-1 (es)
Year 2007
Convention or series no. TMFCE/2007
Title The impact of global food chains on employment in the food and drink sector
Original title L'impact des filičres alimentaires mondiales sur l'emploi dans le secteur des produits alimentaires et des boissons [in French]
La incidencia de las cadenas mundiales de alimentación en el empleo en el sector de alimentación y bebidas [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information ILO Publications, International Labour Office, 1211 Genčve 22, Switzerland, 2007. iii, 28p. Illus.
Internet access [in English] [in French] [in Spanish]
Abstract This report was prepared as a basis for discussion at a tripartite meeting on the impact of global food chains on employment in the food and drink sector held in Geneva, Switzerland, 24-27 September 2007. The research that has led to the preparation of this report, apart from providing indications on employment trends around the world in the food and drink industry, has brought to the fore certain social and labour issues arising from the globalization of food chains, such as the rise of retailers as they gain more control over global supply chains as well as consumer information. It raises other questions such as further company concentration which in turn has repercussions at the level of processors, manufacturers and seed suppliers, who cluster even further to supply mass-produced, uniform products at margins acceptable to such firms. Farms, in turn, will need to grow larger to meet the demand for raw materials in mass quantities at lower prices, disempowering smaller, independent farmers. More and more consumers are adopting a posture of resistance to the dictates of food conglomerates and their control over consumer choices. All these developments together require analysis and pro-active measures to safeguard employment and decent work in the sector.
Descriptors (primary) ILO; work efficiency; supermarkets; beverage industry; economic aspects; food industry; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) agriculture; developing countries; terms of employment; conference
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceILO
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Retail industry
Food industry
Beverage industry