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Consumers' attitude towards farmers' markets: an explorative analysis in Tuscany

Alessio Cavicchi () and Benedetto Rocchi ()

No 31-2011, Working Papers from Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE)

Abstract: Farmers Markets (FMs) around the world are often considered as one key response to the less sustainable conventional food production systems. Despite the economic crisis, international studies show that the most important factor leading people to buy fresh products in these points of sale is the quality. In fact, consumers usually cite \better food quality", \locally produced foods", \higher social interaction" and \learning directly about the vendors and their food production practices", as the principal motivations in buying in FM environment. In this paper the results of a survey carried out in several FMs and shops in Tuscany are presented. A sample of consumers were interviewed on-site using a structured questionnaire. The attitude of respondent towards FM was assessed using a test scale composed of 16 items referring to five different features of this form of distribution, supposed to be relevant in the consumer choice: quality of products, direct contact with farmers, convenience, environmental sustainability, and support for rural development processes. The high level of reliability of the attitude scale allowed its use in performing a cluster analysis of observed units. The cluster analysis allowed to identify two groups of consumers with different characteristics both in term of socio-economic descriptive variables and in term of attitudes and motivations towards FMs.

Keywords: food miles; Alternative Food Networks (AFN); sustainability; Italy; Short Food Supply Chain (SFSC) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 Q13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-02, Revised 2011-02
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