Willingness to Adopt Certifications and Sustainable Production Methods among Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Aidoo, R.; Fromm, Ingrid (2015). Willingness to Adopt Certifications and Sustainable Production Methods among Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers in the Ashanti Region of Ghana Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(1), pp. 33-43. Canadian Center of Science and Education 10.5539/jsd.v8n1p33

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The main objective of this research project was to identify current cocoa production practices and determine the principal factors that affect the adoption of sustainable farming practices and socio-environmental certifications among small-scale cocoa farmers in Ghana. The study was conducted in two cocoa districts (Atwima Mponua and Ahafoano North) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. A combination of stratified, systematic and random sampling techniques was employed to select 439 cocoa producing households for the study. A standardized structured questionnaire was used to gather field data through personal interviews. Results showed that membership in farmers’ organizations, awareness of certification and size of cocoa farm were the main determinants of willingness to adopt sustainable cocoa production methods and certifications. Whereas membership in farmer-based organizations and awareness about different aspects related to certification had a significant positive effect on adoption of cocoa certification, farm size tended to have a significant negative effect on adoption of certification. Formation of cocoa farmers’ associations/organizations in various communities, creation of awareness about certification and continuous education of cocoa farmers are recommended to stimulate adoption of cocoa certification to achieve sustainability in the Ghanaian cocoa industry.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Resource-efficient agricultural production systems
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute

Name:

Aidoo, R. and
Fromm, Ingrid

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)

ISSN:

1913-9063

Publisher:

Canadian Center of Science and Education

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

11 Feb 2020 14:41

Last Modified:

23 Sep 2020 09:32

Publisher DOI:

10.5539/jsd.v8n1p33

Uncontrolled Keywords:

certification, cocoa, sustainability, Ghana

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.6150

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/6150

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