Ibnu, Muhammad A pathway toward sustainability in the Indonesian smallholder coffee production system. Jurnal Agro Ekonomi. ISSN 0216 9053 (Submitted)

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Abstract

Sustainability standards and certifications (SSC) have become a trademark of agricultural business and this trend will likely continue as major corporations are becoming increasingly interested in the sustainability agenda. At the bottom of the value chain, however, smallholder producers need to make sense of this trend, decide on how to react, given their preferences and social-economic opportunities. Based on the results of a four year research project on coffee smallholders and SSC in Indonesia, this paper particularly focusses on the problem perceptions and reactions to private SSC by smallholders, whom this paper regards the ‘gatekeepers’ of sustainability change as they need to change their practices first to induce meaningful effects in the coffee system. The general conclusion is that coffee smallholders respond positively to opportunities that enable them to participate in the global coffee supply chain through joining SSC, but they need relevant incentives such as financial and technical support services to innovate and participate successfully in dynamic and competitive markets. The pathway toward sustainability in coffee production in Indonesia requires a systemic perspective, which is explicated through ‘building blocks’ to better understand particular patterns or issues that need to address. The building blocks include an enabling environment, production and market characteristics, availability of alternative livelihoods, and the degree of competition among producers. The paper closes by discussing future study needs in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability standards and certifications (SSC), coffee, sustainability pathway, smallholders, Indonesia
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Fakultas Pertanian (FP) > Prodi Agribisnis
Depositing User: Dr. Muhammad Ibnu
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2018 07:35
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2018 07:35
URI: http://repository.lppm.unila.ac.id/id/eprint/10230

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