LINKING SMALL-SCALE FARMERS TO MARKET THROUGH AN EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Keywords:Small-scale farmers, Food processing, Supply chain management.
AbstractWith increasing affluence and the expansion of modern retailing and food processing, fresh produce buyers are forging enduring long-term relationships with their preferred suppliers. Such relationships will only develop where there is an equitable sharing of value in the exchange, an element of trust and long-term commitment. For smallholder farmers, their participation in such value-added chains is contingent upon the formation of formal or informal groups, thereby providing some economies of scale and a greater capacity to meet the needs of their downstream customers. Trust and social capital is instrumental in the formation of these groups.
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