Forms of cheese producers’ inclusion in the new supply chain of the Jordan Badia region
New Medit, vol 7, n. 3, (September 2008), pp. 56-64
Jel classification: Q130, L660
Based on field research in the Badia region, Jordan, this paper attempts to answer questions about levels of small producers’ inclusion in the new cheese market that opened after the launch of a cheese-making factory. Data were elicited from 118 interviewed subjects on the occasion of a survey carried out in March-June 2007. Additional data were collected by interviews with key informants and PRA of farmers. Conclusions indicated that farmers’ entrance into the new supply chain involved investments, in contrast with traditional systems. Levels of inclusion were mostly affected by village location, farmers’ additional job, provision of assistance, disease control, feed requirements, availability of loans, land ownership, bank savings, farm labour, and educational level. The capacity of small-scale producers to maintain their participation in the factory supply chain was poor because they had no capital and no expertise in market shares. Choice of technology, as well as value-added quality and quantity, are directly associated with the inclusion level of farmers. As recommendations, the factory should improve milk quality and follow a management development strategy in order to implement better governing measures.
supply chain, cheese market, Jordan