Co-constructing sustainability: Agencing sustainable coffee farmers in Uganda

Winfred Ikiring Onyas, Morven McEachern, Ann Marie Ryan

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This article explores the sustainability initiatives undertaken in a non-certified market involving an indigenous Southern firm and smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda. In response to recent calls, we take a performative approach to sustainability and employ an agencing lens to ask the question: how are sustainable coffee farmers constituted in concrete situations, and what role do they play in co-constructing sustainability? The ethnographic study undertaken reveals the proactive and interactive participation of farmers in co-constructing sustainability. Also unveiled, are the continuous and iteratively emergent agencing processes involving firms, farmers, and market devices, which collectively create variably-agenced sustainable farmers who perform diverse versions of sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-21
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Early online date24 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


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