Strategies for Integrating Farmers into Modern Vegetable Supply Chains in Vietnam: Farmer Attitudes and Willingness to Accept
17 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 2019
In Vietnam, the development of so‐called ‘modern’ vegetable supply chains is receiving considerable interest amongst researchers and governments. This interest partly stems from the view that enhancements in food safety can be achieved if farmers are willing to adopt supply chains that are often associated with ‘western’ forms of retailing. Our study investigates farmers’ willingness to change to two ‘modern’ alternatives – a supply model based on cooperatives and another based on investors facilitating the change. Using discrete choice data drawn from 412 farmers, mixed logit models in willingness to pay space are developed that reveal the relative importance of different drivers of change. The paper offers insights that can inform governments about the incentives required to bring about change. In addition, the paper illustrates the novel application of a choice experiment to enumerating the perceived costs of changes in vegetable supply chains.
Keywords: contract farming, discrete choice experiment, supply chain management, Vietnam, willingness to pay space
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