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Marketing preferences of small-scale farmers in the context of new agrifood systems: a stated choice model

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  • Jose Blandon

    (Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph, Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario, Canada)

  • Spencer Henson

    (Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph, Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario, Canada)

  • Towhidul Islam

    (Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, University of Guelph, Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario, Canada)

Abstract

Considering the dynamic changes in agrifood systems in developing countries, this study uses a stated choice model to explore the marketing preferences of small-scale producers of fresh fruits and vegetables in Honduras. Eight attributes, proposed in hypothetical contracts to farmers, are evaluated. The results suggest that farmers have strong marketing preferences associated with new supply chains, such as prearranging prices and quantities with buyers, but have remaining preferences for some attributes of traditional spot markets, such as the lack of grading produce, receiving cash payments, lack of delivery schedules, ability to sell at the farm gate, and ability to sell individually. Further, farmers prefer market channels that do not require major upfront investments. The results suggest that the traditional marketing preferences of farmers could impede participation of small-holders in emerging supply chains and take advantage of the potential opportunities that new agrifood supply chains can offer. [JEL Code: Q13 O14]. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Jose Blandon & Spencer Henson & Towhidul Islam, 2009. "Marketing preferences of small-scale farmers in the context of new agrifood systems: a stated choice model," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(2), pages 251-267.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:25:y:2009:i:2:p:251-267
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.20195
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    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology

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