Agriculture and food and beverage GVC policy considerations: summary report

February 17, 2016

Two reports for the New Zealand Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC).

The New Zealand Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC) has released two NZIER research reports into Global Value Chains (GVCs) and Global Value Networks.

Both reports focus on how Kiwi firms operate in the modern global economy, and how policy can hinder or support their growth. This report looks at GVCs in agriculture and food and beverage processing. It shows that compared to most OECD countries, and contrary to popular belief, New Zealand’s primary sector firms are – in aggregate – relatively well integrated with global value chains. Indeed the research observes that targeting any particular level of GVC participation is not likely to be fruitful. The challenge is to extract more ‘domestic value added’ so that more of the returns feed back into Kiwis’ pockets.

Link to the other report: Global value networks: How to succeed in business without worrying about scale, distance or thin networks.

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