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Factors influencing the adoption of bundled sustainable agricultural practices: a systematic literature review


Rajendran, Natasha and Tey, Yeong Sheng and Brindal, Mark Kennion and Ahmad Sidique, Shaufique Fahmi and Shamsudin, Mad Nasir and Radam, Alias and Abdul Hadi, Ahmad Hanis Izani (2016) Factors influencing the adoption of bundled sustainable agricultural practices: a systematic literature review. International Food Research Journal, 23 (5). pp. 2271-2279. ISSN 1985-4668; ESSN: 2231-7546


Farm sustainability issues are diverse but interconnected and complex. Many organizations have begun to promote packaged sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs). Some of these bundled SAPs (i.e. organic agriculture and integrated pest management) have long been employed by farmers, and studied by scientists seeking to understand their response to these alternative agricultural approaches. This paper reviews and synthesizes recent research in this area. It identifies key explanatory factors, which frequently lead to the adoption of bundled SAPs. Vote count analysis reveals that variables implying economic motivation and facilitation regularly explain farmers' behaviour. In addition, a new finding emerged, in which factors inferring higher learning and superior management capacity provided further indicators to adoption. In particular, the training that provided by non-governmental organizations and rural institutions complements change agents (i.e. public extension services). While this finding is novel, more research is required to generate better understanding of farmer reaction to bundled SAPs, particularly dynamic ones (i.e. private standards) in which farm business sustainability depends upon good agricultural practices being implemented.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Economics and Management
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
Publisher: Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Adoption; Agricultural practices; Bundled sustainable; Systematic review
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 10:38
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/50464
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