Farmers mapping the land use changes in Madagascar

Photo: Jorge Llopis
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Publication article

Implementation of sustainable farming practices by cocoa farmers in Ecuador and Uganda: the influence of value chain factors

Most studies focusing on adoption of sustainable farming practices in cocoa disregard value chain factors. The objective of this study was to understand: (a) how important value chain factors are, relative to farmer and farm factors, for cocoa farmers’ implementation of sustainable farming practices and (b) through which mechanisms value chain factors influence sustainable farming practices implementation. The authors found that value chain factors are comparable to farmer and farm factors in explaining the implementation of sustainable farming practices across dimensions. Both capacity building and stable relationships were significantly related with the implementation of certain sustainable farming practices.

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