Exploring producers' motivations and challenges within a farmers' market

Rosario Michel-Villarreal, Eliseo Luis Vilalta-Perdomo, Martin Hingley

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The purpose of this study is to explore food producers' motivations and challenges whilst participating in short food supply chains (SFSCs). This paper compares findings with previous literature and investigates the topic in the context of producers' motivations.

The paper includes a literature review concerning producers' motivations to engage in SFSCs. A case study was designed to investigate motivations underlying producers' engagement in SFSCs, as well as the challenges that they face. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in a farmers' market located in Mexico. Thematic analysis is used to identify the principal issues for producers'. Propositions based on findings are presented.

Findings suggest that small, large, part-time and full-time producers are willing to engage with farmers' markets for diverse primary economic and non-economic motivations. Individual and collective challenges were also identified.

This research helps to explain producers' motivations and challenges within SFSCs in an under-researched context, namely a focus on producers' and in the Global South.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2089-2103
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Food Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020


  • Challenges
  • Farmers' economic and non-economic motivations
  • Farmers' markets
  • Mexico
  • Short food supply chains


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