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Private Standards Unfolded
The Perspectives of Coffee Farmers in Northern Nicaragua

La Virgen Estate, El Tuma-La Dalia (certified farm)

Master Thesis Cand.merc.int (Business and Development Studies) Copenhagen Business School Authors: María Virginia Dundas Hvidesten & Marta Maireles González Supervisor: Peter Lund-Thomsen Number of taps: 271,042

February 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES ....................................................................................................................5 LIST OF ABREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS ...............................................................................................6 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ...................................................................................................................................8 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ..................................................................................................................................9 INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................................................................10 CHAPTER I: METHODOLOGY .....................................................................................................................15 1. RESEARCH FOCUS AND APPROACH ....................................................................................................15 1.1 Research Focus .......................................................................................................................................15 1.2 Research Approach and Purpose ............................................................................................................16 2. RESEARCH STRATEGY: CASE STUDY .................................................................................................17 2.1 Choice of Country ..................................................................................................................................18 2.2 Choice of In-country Region ..................................................................................................................19 3. FIELDWORK AND DATA COLLECTION METHODS ...........................................................................22 3.1 Sampling of Interviewees .......................................................................................................................22 3.2 Data Collection Methods ........................................................................................................................25 3.3 Ethics and Confidentiality of Information ..............................................................................................30 3.4 Fieldwork Agenda ..................................................................................................................................31 4. WORKING HYPOTHESES .........................................................................................................................31 5. DATA ANALYSIS .......................................................................................................................................34 5.1 Grounded Approach to Data Analysis ....................................................................................................35 5.2 Narrative Analysis ..................................................................................................................................35 6. METHODOLOGY ASSESSESMENT ........................................................................................................35 6.1 Discussions in Relation to the Impact Assessment Approach. ...............................................................35 6.2 Challenges and Limitations ....................................................................................................................36 6.3 Reliability: The Dependability of the Findings...
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