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Traceability adoption at the farm level: An empirical analysis of the Portuguese pear industry

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  • Souza Monteiro, Diogo M.
  • Caswell, Julie A.

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Traceability is becoming a condition to operate in European food markets. Retailers impose more stringent standards than what is mandatory. An example is EurepGAP, a quality standard for good agricultural practices that imposes traceability as a main obligation. This research investigates the choice of traceability at the farm level in the Portuguese pear industry. Results suggest that in this industry farm-level adoption of EurepGAP traceability is best explained by the choice to sell to the United Kingdom (UK). For farmers selling to the UK, the odds of choosing the EurepGAP traceability level are significantly linked to membership in particular producer organizations, farm productivity, producing products under a protected designation of origin (PDO), and farmer's age. While retailers and farmer organizations seem to drive traceability, policy adjustments may be required to reduce adoption costs upstream and extend compliance among producers that sell directly to consumers and market independently.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 94-101

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:34:y:2009:i:1:p:94-101

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Keywords: Traceability Portuguese pear industry EurepGAP Penalized likelihood estimation;

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