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TRACEABILITY AMONG SMALLHOLDERS IN ORGANIC FRESH PRODUCE VALUE CHAINS: CASE OF NAIROBI

Gichure, Josphat Njenga; Wahome, Raphael Githaiga; Karuri, Edward and Karantininis, Kostas (2014) TRACEABILITY AMONG SMALLHOLDERS IN ORGANIC FRESH PRODUCE VALUE CHAINS: CASE OF NAIROBI. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridge, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 779-782.

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Traceability enhances information sharing and disclosure thereby increasing trust among stakeholder along value chains. This research evaluated information flow along organic fresh produce value chains using a participatory study of organic certified farmers and outlets around Nairobi in 2012. Traceability was limited as majority of stakeholders were smallholders who had no functional traceability system. Presence of traceability was positively related to two factor groups; organizational activities and personnel perception. Variables in the organizational activities were also interrelated and include documentation, certification by other quality management standards, training on food safety and traceability system and monitoring. In addition, group activities increased trust among value chain actors. Extension services emphasizing on documentation, quality management certification, employee training, group activities and system monitoring should be conducted to improve traceability.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic fresh produce, value chains, traceability
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Kenya
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Gichure, Mr Josphat njenga
ID Code:23517
Deposited On:16 Oct 2014 14:34
Last Modified:16 Oct 2014 14:35
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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