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Title: Antecedents of farmers’ willingness to participate in short food supply chains
Authors: Charatsari, Chrysanthi
Kitsios, Fotis
Stafyla, Amalia
Aidonis, Dimitrios
Lioutas, Evagelos D.
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Agricultural sciences
Keywords: short food supply chains
competence development
citizenship behaviour
willingness to participate
food products
alternative food network
Subjects MESH: Food
Food networks
Issue Date: 2018
Source: British Food Journal
Volume: 120
Issue: 10
First Page: 2317
Last Page: 2333
Abstract: Purpose Despite the increasing consumers’ intent to support short food networks, the expansion of short food supply chains (SFSCs) remains limited. The purpose of this paper is to identify potential antecedents of farmers’ willingness to participate in SFSCs. Design/methodology/approach Using data from a sample of Greek farmers the authors examined whether farmers’ citizenship behaviour, the levels of their perceived competencies and the degree to which they feel accepted by their communities affect their willingness to engage in SFSCs. Findings Results indicate that producers’ citizenship behaviour does indeed have a positive impact on willingness to participate in SFSCs, whereas their perceptions of the acceptance they enjoy within their communities also significantly predict this willingness. On the contrary, self-perceived lack of communication and collaboration competencies diminishes this willingness. Originality/value To the best of our knowledge, this study is one of the first attempts to explore the role of farmers’ competencies in their willingness to participate in SFSCs. In addition, by integrating concepts derived from multiple disciplines, our work adds new factors in the wide spectrum of forces that impel or suppress farmers’ willingness to take part in alternative food distribution networks.
ISSN: 0007-070X
Other Identifiers: 10.1108/BFJ-09-2017-0537
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