Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106942
Authors: 
Herforth, Nico
Theuvsen, Ludwig
Vásquez, Wilson
Wollni, Meike
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
GlobalFood Discussion Papers 57
Abstract: 
In this paper, we use semi-structured interviews with firm representatives and original survey data to study the factors influencing farmers' participation in modern supply chains in the Ecuadorian blackberry sector. Previous research has emphasized the important role of farm size and non-farm assets enabling participation in these chains. Going beyond this scope of analysis, we argue that farmers' social networks can be an important avenue to facilitate inclusion. Using different probit model specifications, we find that individual farmers' social networks are important determinants for participation in modern supply chains in an environment characterized by a homogenous farm sector. Further research is needed to explore the specific pathways through which social networks exert their influence.
Subjects: 
supply chains
social networks
blackberries
food markets
transaction costs
Ecuador
JEL: 
D23
D80
Q13
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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