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Food systems in developing countries are currently undergoing a rapid transformation, with important implications for local farmers, wholesalers, and retailers. While supply side aspects of this transformation have been analyzed previously, issues of consumer demand have received much less attention. This paper analyzes changing consumption habits for fresh fruits and vegetables in Vietnam, using household survey data and a demand systems approach. Demand for products from modern supply chains – particularly modern retailers and non-traditional imports – is highly income elastic. Also, supermarket expansion impacts on consumer demand. This implies a continued restructuring of the food sector in the further process of economic development.

Keywords: transformation of food systems ; supermarkets ; food safety ; non-traditional imports ; South-East Asia ; Vietnam

Subject(s): Demand and Price Analysis

Issue Date: 2007

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/9878

Total Pages: 33

Series Statement: Selected Paper 172367

Record appears in: American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) > 2007 Annual Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2007, Portland, Oregon





Author: Mergenthaler, Marcus ; Qaim, Matin ; Weinberger, Katinka

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/9878?ln=en







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