Empowering change for sustainable agriculture: the need for participation

K. Kusnandar*, F.M. Brazier, O. van Kooten

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Abstract

Sustainable agricultural development (SAD) requires empowerment and engagement of all actors in the agricultural production and supply chain to enable change. This paper proposes a novel framework for Participatory Sustainable Agricultural Development (PSAD) that distinguishes four main classes of factors that influence participation in SAD: environmental, economic, social and governance-related. The factors in each of these classes are analysed in relation to their effect over time, on the basis of 49 SAD programmes reported in the literature. Findings show that the social factors of engagement and empowerment, not often addressed in existing SAD programmes, are of significant influence to effect over time, as are the environmental factors of food safety, and the economic factors of production and capacity development. As such this paper shows that in in addition to the well-acknowledged need for knowledge and skills related to food safety, production and capacity development, SAD programmes also need to address the social factors of engagement and empowerment to enable sustainable change over time for SAD through participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-286
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2019

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program planning
sustainable agriculture
food safety
economic factors
environmental economics
production economics
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supply chain
sustainable development
agriculture
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Sustainable agriculture
Participation
Agricultural development
social factors

Keywords

  • developing countries
  • empowerment
  • engagement
  • participatory
  • Sustainable agricultural development

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Kusnandar, K. ; Brazier, F.M. ; van Kooten, O. / Empowering change for sustainable agriculture: the need for participation. In: International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 2019 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 271-286.
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Empowering change for sustainable agriculture: the need for participation. / Kusnandar, K.; Brazier, F.M.; van Kooten, O.

In: International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, Vol. 17, No. 4, 27.06.2019, p. 271-286.

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