Efficient agriculture: Sustainable organic olive oil production in Almería Province; smallholder perspectives

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346644
Title:
Efficient agriculture: Sustainable organic olive oil production in Almería Province; smallholder perspectives
Authors:
Sidsaph, Henry
Abstract:
The survival of smallholder olive-oil producers is a growing concern for the European Union. Despite subsidies (such as single farm payment), competition from intensive producers and increasing operating costs results in abandonment or a change to intensification which has long term negative environmental impacts. This dissertation explores ways to provide useful information to aid smallholder survival in Almería Province. Through interviews with smallholder producers, a review of relevant literature, and a case study of best practices in sustainable olive-oil production from Oro del Desierto, this research produced a useful finding; organic production is economically viable in the long term therefore is a potential adaptation option for survival over intensification of production. If smallholder growers produce high-quality extra virgin organic olive-oil, and employ effective marketing strategies and sustainable practices, their methods can be economically viable as they sell to a growing niche market. Additionally, organic production offers many environmental benefits such as increasing biodiversity.
Advisors:
Adderley, Simon
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346644
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorAdderley, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorSidsaph, Henryen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-13T16:20:40Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-13T16:20:40Zen
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/346644en
dc.description.abstractThe survival of smallholder olive-oil producers is a growing concern for the European Union. Despite subsidies (such as single farm payment), competition from intensive producers and increasing operating costs results in abandonment or a change to intensification which has long term negative environmental impacts. This dissertation explores ways to provide useful information to aid smallholder survival in Almería Province. Through interviews with smallholder producers, a review of relevant literature, and a case study of best practices in sustainable olive-oil production from Oro del Desierto, this research produced a useful finding; organic production is economically viable in the long term therefore is a potential adaptation option for survival over intensification of production. If smallholder growers produce high-quality extra virgin organic olive-oil, and employ effective marketing strategies and sustainable practices, their methods can be economically viable as they sell to a growing niche market. Additionally, organic production offers many environmental benefits such as increasing biodiversity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectsustainable developmenten
dc.subjectagricultureen
dc.subjectolive oilen
dc.subjectSpainen
dc.titleEfficient agriculture: Sustainable organic olive oil production in Almería Province; smallholder perspectivesen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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