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OXFAM — Behind the bar code REPORT — ENDING SUFFERING IN SUPERMARKET SUPPLY CHAINS

OXFAM — Behind the bar code REPORT — ENDING SUFFERING IN SUPERMARKET SUPPLY CHAINS
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Inequal­i­ty is ram­pant across the glob­al economy,3 and the agro-food sec­tor is no excep­tion. At the top, big supermarkets4 and oth­er cor­po­rate food giants dom­i­nate glob­al food mar­kets, allow­ing them to squeeze val­ue from vast sup­ply chains that span the globe, while at the bot­tom the bar­gain­ing pow­er of small-scale farm­ers and work­ers has been steadi­ly erod­ed in many of the coun­tries from which they source.

The result is wide­spread human suf­fer­ing among the women and men pro­duc­ing food for super­mar­kets around the world. It doesn’t have to be this way. Gov­ern­ments, food com­pa­nies, small-scale farm­ers and work­ers, and cit­i­zens around the world can all help to rebal­ance pow­er in food sup­ply chains and ensure they more fair­ly reward those pro­duc­ing our food.

This report launch­es Oxfam’s new cam­paign to expose the root caus­es behind human suf­fer­ing in food sup­ply chains and to mobi­lize the pow­er of peo­ple around the world to help end it, start­ing with a focus on the role of supermarkets.

In an era of gross glob­al inequal­i­ty and esca­lat­ing cli­mate change, this busi­ness mod­el is increas­ing­ly unsus­tain­able. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Gov­ern­ments, food com­pa­nies, small-scale farm­ers and work­ers, and cit­i­zens around the world can all help to rebal­ance pow­er in food sup­ply chains and ensure they more fair­ly reward those pro­duc­ing our food. The super­mar­ket sec­tor is ripe for change.

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