A Study Into the Possibility of Upgrading Farmers’ Profit by Means of Linking Small Holder Farmers to Potential Market Chain
International Journal of Business and Economics Research
Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2015, Pages: 192-200
Received: Jul. 2, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 8, 2015; Published: Aug. 1, 2015
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Taye Beyene Lemma, Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center, Zeway, Ethiopia
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Abstract
The study was conducted in Bennekom and Wageningen (the Netherlands) to link the spelt grower farmers to potential market chain. For this study purpose, two village towns were selected using purposive sampling techniques. From the selected area, a total of 60 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed using structured questionnaires and check list. Data were collected and analyzed using appropriate statistical packages for social sciences (SPSS) software of version 20.In analyzing stakeholders and market institutions, a chain mapping was used to determine the relationship and arrangements that exist among actors in the chain. The study results revealed that the spelt bread value chain in Bennekom and Wageningen consists of organic and conventional segments. It is market driven and a short chain that only few actors are involved. There is a good opportunity for farmers, millers and bakers to align themselves to create a local conventional spelt bread chain where farmer, the least actor gaining profit from his own product can optimize his income. Spelt growers, millers and bakers should cooperate in order to formulate a sustainable profit-oriented chain that supports the goal of the Stichting Buurstchap Doesburger Eng (SBDE) foundation in upholding social cohesion in Doesburger Eng area. To make these possible, farmers should be linked to millers and bakers who will process their spelt to flour and bread respectively. However, in this chain where relationship is based on trust and not on contracts, the farmers should be able to fulfill the requirements of delivering consistent good quality and supply of flour throughout the year which serves as the foundation of building trust among partners in the chain.
Keywords
Bread, Spelt, Stakeholders, Value Chain
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Taye Beyene Lemma, A Study Into the Possibility of Upgrading Farmers’ Profit by Means of Linking Small Holder Farmers to Potential Market Chain, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 192-200. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20150404.12
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