A taxonomy of barriers to the adoption of sustainable practices in the coffee farming process

Akenroye, Temi and Dora, Manoj and Mukesh, Kumar and Elbaz, Jamal and Kah, Sally and Jebli, Fedwa (2021) A taxonomy of barriers to the adoption of sustainable practices in the coffee farming process. Journal of Cleaner Production, 312. p. 127818. ISSN 0959-6526

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This paper examines the barriers to adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices (SAPs) in smallholder coffee farming in Kenya. Previous studies identify several barriers, but there is limited research on where these barriers exist at different stages of the coffee farming operation processes i.e. nurseries for seed germination, planting, growing, and harvesting. This study seeks to examine whether barriers to SAPs adoption differ for different stages of coffee farming process, and if so, how. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with 32 small-scale coffee farmers in the Nyeri county in Kenya, a qualitative investigation was performed, from which several themes emerged depicting key barriers to adoption of SAPs. Based on our findings, we develop a classification system (taxonomy) illustrating the barrier types that hinder the adoption of different SAPs at different stages of the coffee farming process. Such distinctions can help policymakers, NGOs and researchers recommend interventions tailored to help increase adoption of sustainable practices in coffee farming.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127818
31 May 2021Accepted
3 June 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable agriculture practices Smallholders Coffee farming and Kenya
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-02 - business studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Sally Kah
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 13:21
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2023 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11751

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