Understanding the formation of networks by small agricultural firms.

This paper aims to understand the factors which motivate farmers to participate in agro-food chain networks.

Year of Publication2011

It is recognised that participation in networks in the agro-food chain provides farmers with important opportunities to innovate. This is particularly important for small agricultural firms because these organisations face barriers that prevent them from innovating by means that are available in other industries. Surprisingly, no research has been developed to understand what motivates farmers to be involved in these networks. The paper fills this gap by proposing a decision making multivariate model. A probit analysis based on the proposed model revealed that farmers’ decision on participating in networks depends on goals and socio-psychological variables.


May, D. E., Tate, G., Worrall, L. (2011) "Understanding the formation of networks by small agricultural firms."International Journal of Economic Behaviour 1 (1) pp 3-14

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multivariate modelnetwork innovationsmall agricultural firms
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