Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 7, Issue 2,2009
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Risk management and sustainability in banana production: A case study from Turkey


Handan Akcaoz *, Orhan Ozcatalbas, Hatice Kizilay

Recieved Date: 2009-01-15, Accepted Date: 2009-04-03


The aim of this paper was to show some empirical evidence of sustainability and risk management in banana production in Turkey. The study also included socio-economic characteristics, decision making, financial characteristics, sustainability issues, risk sources and risk management strategies related with banana farms. The main material of the study was obtained from the data collected by survey conducted in three villages in Anamur county of Mersin province. Within the context of the research 89 farmers were interviewed in the 2008 production season. Farmers’ perceptions were studied using descriptive statistical analysis. Mean values were obtained in banana farming and factor analysis was conducted on the data obtained in the questionnaires. In the research it was found that the decision of the farmer overweighs in decision making process for banana production, there is no regular record keeping in almost 90% of the farms and around 70% of the farmers will continue banana production. According to the research findings, the most important risk sources in banana production are the variation of banana prices and input prices and the most important risk management strategy is to spray and drench for diseases and pests.


Banana, sustainability, decision making, financial characteristics, risk, Turkey

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2009
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 283-294

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