Distribution Channel for Local Farm-based Produce: A study On Small Farmers During Pandemic Crisis

Noor Fzlinda Fabeil and Juliana Langgat and Khairul Hanim Pazim and Roslinah Mahmud (2022) Distribution Channel for Local Farm-based Produce: A study On Small Farmers During Pandemic Crisis. Journal of BIMP-EAGA Regional Development, 8. pp. 22-27. ISSN 2232-1055

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It has been contended in many studies that small enterprises are more sensitive to crisis. Small enterprises tend to progress relatively slower than larger enterprises during a crisis, and in fact may fail to sustain the business within three years after a crisis strike. The pandemic crisis in Malaysia has disrupted several important sectors especially agricultural due to the disruption of transportation and retails services. Small farmers experience dumping of farm produces due to the restricted delivery channels and loss of regular market. Small farmers are believed to demonstrate a viable strategy for the sustainability of their businesses during a crisis, through the use of an alternative distribution approach to deliver their perishable goods to consumers. Through structured interviews with two small farmers in Ranau, Sabah, this paper presents their perspectives on the alternative distribution strategy they had undertaken during a crisis. The results of the study provide insights into how the hub distribution approach might assist small farmers in managing the impact of the crisis on their business and can therefore be used as an effective distribution approach in the future.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Distribution channel , Sustainability , Agribusiness , Pandemic crisis , Small farmers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1-6182 Commerce > HF5001-6182 Business > HF5437-5444 Purchasing. Selling. Sales personnel. Sales executives
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1-1270 Public aspects of medicine > RA421-790.95 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive medicine > RA648.5-767 Epidemics. Epidemiology. Quarantine. Disinfection
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2022 15:44
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2022 15:44
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/33941

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