Title: Sustainable procurement framework for basmati rice in India

Authors: Rajni Kant Sharma; Naseem Abidi

Addresses: Maastricht School of Management, Endepolsdomein 150, 2601 EP Maastricht, Netherlands ' Skyline University College, University City of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Abstract: Sustainability at grass root level in rural area is an increasing challenge in India. Various alternatives trade mechanisms have taken shape that proclaim to link farmers to ethical consumers and connect to sustainable procurement at farm level, which are more effective and make positive contributions towards economic, environment, social and governance dimensions of sustainability. This research paper identifies the dimensions of sustainability at farmer's level through systematic literature review, and examines existing procurement frameworks through integrative literature review. It also does the basmati rice procurement and commodity chain process mapping of existing conventional system as well as procurement through fair-trade system. Authors also collect insights from farmers as well as traders involved in both the procurement systems to develop a framework for sustainable procurement of basmati rice in India to reduce economic vulnerability of farmers, increase environment and social harmony through effective governance.

Keywords: sustainability; sustainable procurement; conventional procurement system; fair-trade system.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2019.10026276

International Journal of Sustainable Society, 2019 Vol.11 No.4, pp.278 - 297

Received: 05 Feb 2019
Accepted: 28 Jun 2019

Published online: 16 Jan 2020 *

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