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Factor influencing the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in developing countries: a review


Tey, Yeong Sheng and Li, Elton and Bruwer, Johan and Abdullah, Amin Mahir and Brindal, Mark Kennion and Radam, Alias and Ismail, Mohd Mansor and Darham, Suryani (2017) Factor influencing the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in developing countries: a review. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 16 (2). 337 - 349. ISSN 1582-9596; ESSN: 1843-3707


Developing countries have seriously low adoption rates of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) and there is a need to understand why. This paper reviews 31 past studies focusing on the factors influencing the adoption of SAPs. Using a vote count methodology, SAPs adoption is revealed as a complex set of behaviors which depend on a range of socio-economic, agroecological, institutional, informational, psychological factors and perceived attributes. Identified within these six dimensions, male farmers, higher educational attainment levels, bigger farm size, steeper farms, and the presence of land right security emerge as common factors which often lead to adopt SAPs. These factors imply the general importance of economic motivations in facilitating sustainable farm management. In particular, gender, farm topography, and land tenure have a special role in the context of developing countries. These common factors, and other converged factors, lend support to drawing general policymaking guidelines by identifying the characteristics of potential adopters, promotion strategies, and effective communication channels. For effective local management, future research should consider a range of factors from multiple categories and identify the relative importance of statistically significant ones.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Economics and Management
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
Publisher: Technical University of Iasi. Politehnium Publishing House
Keywords: Adoption; Developing countries; Factors; Sustainable agricultural practices; Vote count
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 07:22
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 07:22
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/61842
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