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Assessment the Region's Sustainability through Quality Labels for Small Farmers' Products. Slovak Case Study

Version 1 : Received: 26 January 2018 / Approved: 26 January 2018 / Online: 26 January 2018 (16:19:26 CET)

How to cite: Marková, I.; Jaďuďová, J.; Hroncová, E. Assessment the Region's Sustainability through Quality Labels for Small Farmers' Products. Slovak Case Study. Preprints 2018, 2018010258 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0258.v1). Marková, I.; Jaďuďová, J.; Hroncová, E. Assessment the Region's Sustainability through Quality Labels for Small Farmers' Products. Slovak Case Study. Preprints 2018, 2018010258 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201801.0258.v1).

Abstract

Regional product labeling can help develop regional business activities, especially with traditional regional products. Their general popularity is a significant source of income for the less developed regions. The Gemer-Malohont region belongs to economically underdeveloped areas with high unemployment rate. The subject of the survey was regional food products, which are made by small farmer. The analysis was carried out on a questionnaire survey in the period April-July 2017 in each of the region's districts. The results obtained by questionnaire survey have been statistically processed using the statistical method (two-step cluster analysis, radar chart, box-plots, regression analysis) using Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS Statistics 23 software. Through cluster analysis and based on the preference of regional food, we divided consumers into two groups - knowledgeable regional food purchasers and priced oriented consumers. We have shown that the more developed regions (Rimavská Sobota, Rožňava) show a higher rate of purchase of regional foods. Less developed regions (Poltár, Revúca) are represented by lower-income consumers for whose the food price is the decisive criterion. Local residents of backward regions should pay attention to domestic food and local small farmers, who are the way to create local capital and local development.

Subject Areas

local activities, regional products, sustainability support

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