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Stakeholders' perceptions on sustainability transition pathways of the cocoa value chain towards improved livelihood of small-scale farming households in Cameroon

Vogel, Claudia and Mathe, Syndhia and Geitzenauer, Maria and Ndah, Hycenth Tim and Sieber, Stefan and Bonatti, Michelle and Lana, Marcos (2020). Stakeholders' perceptions on sustainability transition pathways of the cocoa value chain towards improved livelihood of small-scale farming households in Cameroon. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 18 , 55-69
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Abstract

Given the persistent poor livelihood of cocoa-farming households, future climate predictions and the worldwide demand pressure for higher cocoa quality and productivity, there is still a strong need to find new approaches that guarantee a sustainable cocoa future in cocoa-producing countries amongst which Cameroon is one of them. This exploratory research investigates potential future pathways for the cocoa sector in Cameroon by mapping the perceptions of actors involved in the socio-technical regime. Qualitative expert interviews, structured questionnaires and field observation, as well as a focus group discussion have been applied to understand how a sustainability transition can be triggered. The study shows that actors envisage a sustainability change which determines their actions; however, their perceptions towards future transitions are not actively coordinated. Actors are not finding a way of adopting new organizational structures and letting a transition occur effectively, like in the case of certification standards. An alignment of perceptions and activities, and a stronger cooperation between the private and public are strongly recommended. The study encourages to consider a coordination of actors' perceptions towards future scenarios as a starting point to study sustainability transitions.

Authors/Creators:Vogel, Claudia and Mathe, Syndhia and Geitzenauer, Maria and Ndah, Hycenth Tim and Sieber, Stefan and Bonatti, Michelle and Lana, Marcos
Title:Stakeholders' perceptions on sustainability transition pathways of the cocoa value chain towards improved livelihood of small-scale farming households in Cameroon
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:18
Page range:55-69
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1473-5903
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography
Keywords:Cocoa value chain, Cameroon, sustainability transitions, cocoa certification, pathways
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103287
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-103287
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/14735903.2019.1696156
Web of Science (WoS)000512191600004
ID Code:16763
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Apr 2020 12:18
Metadata Last Modified:14 Apr 2020 12:18

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