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The role of farmers’ intrinsic motivation in the effectiveness of policy incentives to promote sustainable agricultural practices

Published on Aug 1, 2019in Journal of Environmental Management 4.87
· DOI :10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.107
Carlos Bopp1
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Alejandra Engler7
Estimated H-index: 7
+ 1 AuthorsRoberto Jara-Rojas5
Estimated H-index: 5
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This paper examines the effectiveness of intrinsic and extrinsic motivations on the adoption intensity of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) among annual crop farmers in Chile. We use the farmers’ attitude towards SAPs as a proxy of intrinsic motivation, while extrinsic motivation is represented by an economic incentive to promote the use of SAPs. The policy program we studied is administered by the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture under the name System of Incentives for the Agro-Environmental Sustainability of Degraded Soils (SIRSD-S. Sustainable behaviour was defined as the adoption of (1) minimum tillage, (2) improved fallow, (3) stubble incorporation, (4) use of manure, and (5) use of compost. A count model was estimated that showed that both sources of motivation, and the interaction between them, significantly predicted the adoption of SAPs. Farmers with low levels of intrinsic motivation depended largely on the SIRSD-S to adopt SAPs, while the incentive was ineffective for intrinsically motivated farmers who adopted more SAPs regardless the presence of extrinsic motivation. Finally, the perception of risk of soil erosion and perceived behavioural control of this risk were found to play a positive role in the adoption of SAPs.
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Tereza Pilarova1
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(CULS: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague),
Miroslava Bavorova5
Estimated H-index: 5
(CULS: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague),
Alexander Kandakov1
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(CULS: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague)
ABSTRACTDrought represents the main constraint on agricultural production in the Republic of Moldova indicating the need to shift from conventional agricultural practices to more sustainable ones. To provide a more comprehensive understanding of the determinants and barriers influencing the adoption of conservation agriculture practices, an analytic framework combining both binary and ordered probit models addressing the potential endogeneity of variables was applied. A survey was conducted amon...
Published on Mar 1, 2018in Conservation Letters 7.40
Ashley A. Dayer7
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(College of Natural Resources),
Seth H. Lutter1
Estimated H-index: 1
(College of Natural Resources)
+ 2 AuthorsThomas Gardali16
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(Point Blue Conservation Science)
Voluntary incentive programs are a keystone policy tool for increasing private landowner conservation behavior. Although landowner participation in conservation incentive programs is well studied, limited empirical research has focused on whether and why landowners continue to conduct conservation practices on their land after payments end, which we term persistence. The assumption is that a landowner who participates in an incentive program will likely continue the conservation practice after t...
Published on Jan 1, 2018in Land Use Policy 3.57
Patrick S. Ward21
Estimated H-index: 21
(IFPRI: International Food Policy Research Institute),
Andrew Reid Bell11
Estimated H-index: 11
(NYU: New York University)
+ 1 AuthorsTim G. Benton51
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(University of Leeds)
Land degradation and soil erosion have emerged as serious challenges to smallholder farmers throughout Southern Africa. To combat these challenges, conservation agriculture (CA) – a suite of agricultural practices consisting of zero tillage, mulching of crop residues, and intercropping with legumes – is widely promoted as a “sustainable” package of agricultural practices. Despite the many potential benefits of CA, however, adoption remains low. Yet relatively little is known about the decisionma...
Published on Sep 1, 2017in Environmental development
Md. Shariful Alam1
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(AIT: Asian Institute of Technology),
Nophea Sasaki5
Estimated H-index: 5
(AIT: Asian Institute of Technology),
Avishek Datta14
Estimated H-index: 14
(AIT: Asian Institute of Technology)
Abstract Waterlogging is a persistent problem resulting in damage to crops and therefore livelihood of the coastal people in the southwestern region of Bangladesh. It is important to better understand the perception of local people on this problem to formulate appropriate policy interventions. This research aimed at analyzing the perception of local people on waterlogging, its impact on crop production and related adaptation interventions in Khulna district. Concurrent mixed methods of research ...
Published on Apr 1, 2017in Land Use Policy 3.57
Mario Andres Fernandez4
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(Auckland Council)
Soil erosion is a serious environmental threat to New Zealand’s agricultural sector. Economic costs of soil erosion are significant and the costs of adopting mitigation and management practices, given the targets set by environmetal policy, do not spread uniformly across space, economic activities and types of erosion processes. Management practices have been widely employed by farmers and promoted by several policy programs. Practices are not mutually exclusive and could be jointly adopted by c...
Published on Nov 1, 2016in Water Resources Management 2.99
Alejandra Engler7
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(University of Talca),
Roberto Jara-Rojas5
Estimated H-index: 5
(University of Talca),
Carlos Bopp1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract Water constraints are becoming a major restriction for different economic sectors. The agricultural sector is one of the most affected, but according to experts, the use of irrigation technologies and scheduling can keep productivity high while diminishing the use of water resources. Although irrigation technology is available, for various reasons the rate of adoption is rather low. This article uses a recursive bivariate probit model to examine the impact of social, human, and physical...
Published on Nov 1, 2015in Land Use Policy 3.57
Maria Honig3
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Samantha Petersen3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 2 AuthorsInge Kotze1
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Abstract Recent attention in environmental management research has been focussed on investigating how farm management responds to biodiversity conservation guidance provided through voluntary market-based mechanisms. There has been, however, very little research done on linking individual behavioural change theories with these conservation initiatives and moving beyond behavioural change to consider the role of learning, values and personal agency. There has also been little concern for the role...
Published on Sep 1, 2015in Ecological Economics 4.28
Julian Rode8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ),
Erik Gómez-Baggethun37
Estimated H-index: 37
(Autonomous University of Barcelona),
Torsten Krause7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Lund University)
The paper seeks to advance our understanding of the extent to which the use of economic incentives can undermine (“crowd out”) or reinforce (“crowd in”) people's intrinsic motivations to engage in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. We first synthesize and classify the psychological mechanisms behind motivation crowding effects. Then we conduct a systematic review of empirical studies that test for motivation crowding effects triggered by economic incentives to encourage nature conservation...
Published on Jul 3, 2015in Agrekon 0.33
Tarisayi Pedzisa3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Pretoria),
Lovemore Rugube2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Pretoria)
+ 2 AuthorsKizito Mazvimavi7
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(ICRISAT: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics)
This article assesses the intensity of technology adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) techniques by smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. It seeks to understand the drivers of CA adoption intensity in terms of the number of practices implemented using count data analysis. On average, the farmers in our sample adopt five out of eight possible CA practices while only 7.4% use all eight practices in any one year. Practices such as digging planting basins (81.9%), applying manure (73.2%) and timely...
Published on Mar 1, 2015in Global Environmental Change-human and Policy Dimensions 10.43
Heather Barnes Truelove11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UNF: University of North Florida),
Amanda R. Carrico13
Estimated H-index: 13
(CU: University of Colorado Boulder),
Lanka Thabrew1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Wellington Management Company)
Abstract Farmers in developing countries are among the most vulnerable to climate change effects, particularly drought. However, little research has focused on the psychological mechanisms that facilitate or constrain agricultural adaptation behavior. Drawing on the protection motivation theory from health promotion research, we propose a risk, coping, and social appraisal (RCSA) model of adaptation decisions. To test the model, we assessed drought risk perceptions, efficacy beliefs, village ide...
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