There are audits, and there are audits : response of New Zealand kiwifruit orchardists to the implementation of supermarket initiated audit schemes

Author: Rosin, Chris; Hunt, Lesley; Campbell, Hugh; Fairweather, John

Date: 2007

Publisher: Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability

Type: Report

Link to this item using this URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5288

University of Otago

Abstract

New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry is strongly focused on its commitments to producing a high quality product that meets the increasing demands of its main export markets. This report examines the recent introduction of two programmes designed to meet this goal – a retailer driven audit scheme (EurepGAP) and a fruit quality incentive plan (Taste ZESPRI) – from the perspective of the ARGOS research framework that seeks to assess and enhance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the sector. The report draws insight from the response of the 36 orcharding households (with equal representation of Hayward, organic Hayward, and Hort 16A management systems) participating in the ARGOS project. Each of the households was involved in a semi-structured, qualitative interview designed to elicit their understandings of and response to constraints on orcharding practice. This report focuses specifically on those constraints associated with participation in the kiwifruit industry, of which EurepGAP and Taste Zespri were most frequently identified. Comparison of the orchardists’ responses to each programme provides insight to the use of such tools in order to promote both fruit qualities as well as socially and environmentally responsible orchard management.

Subjects: ARGOS, New Zealand, Sustainable Agriculture, Kiwifruit, audit, governance, Social dynamics

Citation: ["Rosin, C., Hunt, L., Campbell, H., & Fairweather, J. (2007). There are audits, and there are audits : response of New Zealand kiwifruit orchardists to the implementation of supermarket initiated audit schemes (ARGOS Research Report No. 07/06). Agriculture Research Group on Sustainability. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5288"]

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