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Why organizations matter: Certification experiences of coffee producer groups in Guatemala


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Coffee producers are just emerging from a long decade of low prices and oversupply. In response to these problems, many producers organized into groups and sought certifications based on social or environmental standards. This dissertation presents three case studies of producer groups in Guatemala and their experiences with certification in the coffee sector. Using a combination of ethnographic research methods, it argues that both certification systems and producer groups need to adapt so that producers can benefit from the potential gains of certification. Organizations are the focus of the analysis, emphasizing the capabilities necessary for producers to be able to access the benefits of certification.

Certification within the coffee sector is a field of research that has implications for development studies, economic sociology, agrofood studies, and globalization. This dissertation concludes that the voices of the producers themselves are a forgotten key to providing organizations, whether of the producers themselves or the organizations that regulate certification, with the tools necessary to meet their goals. This study provides valuable information about the attitudes and interests of small producers in the context of organization and certification.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Agricultural economics;
Organizational behavior;
Studies;
Certification
Classification
0503: Agricultural economics
0703: Organizational behavior
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Certification; Coffee; Guatemala; Producer groups
Title
Why organizations matter: Certification experiences of coffee producer groups in Guatemala
Author
Heller, Andrew
Number of pages
246
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0053
Source
DAI-A 71/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124257198
Advisor
Murray, Douglas
University/institution
Colorado State University
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3428635
ProQuest document ID
757376302
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/757376302
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