PhD defence

A value chain perspective towards sustainable agricultural practices: The case of vegetables in Chile

PhD candidate FJ (Francisco) Benitez Altuna
Promotor prof.dr. JH (Jacques) Trienekens
Co-promotor dr. WJJ (Jos) Bijman
dr. VC (Valentina) Materia
Organisation Wageningen University, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

Wed 21 December 2022 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Omnia
Room Groot Auditorium


This thesis is focused on identifying the key factors that support the adoption of SAPs with a value chain approach. It is based on a case study of a vegetable value chain in the central regions of Chile. In sum, this thesis contributes to understanding how value chain characteristics are related to the use of SAPs. The broad perspective of this thesis, including different farming practices and production stages as a base for the quantitative analysis, allowed us to contribute insights into the complex processes of adopting SAPs. This thesis identified how farmer and farm characteristics are related to the adoption of SAPs, how knowledge of farming system typologies can support the adoption of SAPs, and how farmer-buyer relationships are related to the adoption of SAPs. Moreover, it provides info on how “non-typical” actors such as intermediaries and wholesalers could potentially support the adoption of SAPs in fresh food supply chains.