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Conversion to Organic Farming as an Opportunity for Syrian Farmers of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Issa, Irwa and Hamm, Ulrich (2014) Conversion to Organic Farming as an Opportunity for Syrian Farmers of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1073-1076.

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The export of organic fruit and vegetables to the European Union might offer a great opportunity for Syrian farmers and exporters. Yet, the organic sector in Syria is comparatively young and only a very small area of fresh fruit and vegetables (FFV) is organically managed. To date, little is known about Syrian farmers’ attitudes towards organic fruit and vegetable production. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the intentions and attitudes of Syrian farmers of FFV towards organic farming and the likelihood of converting their farms to organic production within the next five years. The study was based on a survey among 266 Syrian farmers. The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) was used as theoretical framework and partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) as the main tool for data analysis. The results show that the majority of farmers currently use at least one of the practices, which are also part of certified organic production, and hold strong positive attitudes and intentions to adopt organic production within the next five years.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:farm conversion, theory of planned behaviour, attitudes, structural equation modelling
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation:Other countries
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Agricultural- and Food Marketing
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Issa, M.Sc. Irwa
ID Code:23833
Deposited On:28 Oct 2014 13:39
Last Modified:28 Oct 2014 13:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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