Economic Growth Corridors Through a Value-Chain Lens: The Case of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania

  • Asmita Parshotam
  • Javier Revilla DiezEmail author
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Tanzania’s Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor (SAGCOT) is a role-model economic growth corridor (EGC). It aims at easing the incorporation of smallholder farmers into global and regional value chains through partnerships with larger agricultural companies. EGCs in general and SAGCOT in particular are not only about upgrading infrastructure. They in fact address numerous challenges to local producers, including the lack of finance and knowledge relating to markets and production as well as their low bargaining power in global value chains (GVCs). This chapter starts with a summary of the conceptual literature on GVCs, of global production networks as well as of Kaplinsky’s understanding of power dynamics within GVCs. The authors then assess SAGCOT, showing how the initiative seeks to address existing inequalities and unfavourable power dynamics in GVC development. Potential challenges that SAGCOT faces are discussed, and corresponding policy recommendations given.



The authors are grateful to Anthony Black and Sören Scholvin for suggestions made on an earlier version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South African Institute of International AffairsJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute of GeographyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

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