Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Extending the Small-Scale Organic Farmer's Reach: A Supply Chain Analysis of Direct-to-Consumer Sales
by Holiday, Lindsey, M.P.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2011, 78; 10305884
Abstract (Summary)

The organic food industry is presently entering a phase of great changes. Consumer demand is continuing to increase at record speeds, however supply has had issues keeping up. Small organic farms were central to the birth of the organic market, however with demand outpacing supply, more and more large agribusinesses are entering the organic market to take advantage of the high prices. In this body of work, I aim to study the role of the small organic farm, and determine if they are able to meet this growing consumer demand. Through a case study analysis of one organic farm, I determine that small organic farms alone cannot meet consumer demand. Government policies, market based solutions, and further research is needed to help small farmers compete fairly in the market.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration
Keywords: Direct-to-consumer sales, Organic farmer, Organic food, Supply chain analysis
Publication Number: 10305884
ISBN: 978-1-369-49448-8
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