Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 3&4,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Willingness and preferences of farmers and urban consumers for participating in community supported agriculture in Karaj County, Iran


H. Shabanali Fami 1*, G. H. Pezeshki Rad 2, J. Ghasemi 1, S. Soror Amini 1, M. Saadat Zadeh 1

Recieved Date: 2011-07-10, Accepted Date: 2011-10-09


Over the past decades, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as a socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution has become a popular way for consumers and citizens to directly buy agricultural produces from farmer. Community Supported Agriculture as a constantly evolving approach to both farm production and marketing, connects farmers with consumers in order to bridge the gap between the two sides to achieve the twin goals of direct marketing and sustainability. The present study aimed to compare two groups; one from a sample of urban consumers and the other from a sample of farmers in terms of their preferences. The respondents were interviewed by well-structured and pre-tested questionnaires. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. However, the findings of this study supports the ideas of capacity building and social capital formation of both groups as an starting point to establish and develop an efficient CSA approach in the needs of both agricultural development and food safety programs.


Community supported agriculture, farmers, consumers, preferences, Karaj

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 226-229

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