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Record number 109546
Title Farmers' reasons for changing or not changing to more sustainable practices : an exploratory study of arable farming in the Netherlands
Author(s) Buck, A.J. de; Rijn, I. van; Röling, N.G.; Wossink, G.A.A.
Source The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 7 (2001)3. - ISSN 1389-224X - p. 153 - 166.
Department(s) Communication Science
Agrarische Bedrijfseconomie
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2001
Abstract The paper describes the results of an exploratory study of farmers' reasons for changing or not changing to more sustainable production methods in arable farming in the Netherlands. The background of the research is the disappointing adoption of Integrated Arable Farming Systems (iafs). Perceived production risk was expected to be an important factor constraining adoption. This study suggests, however, that perceived risk is not a satisfactory explanation. One reason is that iafs as it has become in Dutch practice cannot be easily distinguished from conventional arable farming systems. A continuum of gradual adoption of iafs methods, mainly for economic reasons, was observed. A real watershed difference was observed between partial adopters of iafs and organic farmers who used no chemicals at all. Secondly, dealing with production risks, such as weather-dependent problems with weeds, pests and diseases, is considered part of professionalism of both conventional and iafs farmers and hence not a reason for avoiding a specific crop husbandry technique. However, uncertainties emanating from market conditions and environmental policy were found to be important considerations.
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