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ORGANIC FARMERS IN EUROPE: MOTIVATIONS AND PROBLEMS FOR USING CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE PRACTICES. "TILMAN-ORG Session"

Casagrande, Marion; Peigne, Joséphine; David, Christophe; Sans, Francesc Xavier; Blanco-Moreno, José Manuel; Cooper, Julia; Gascoyne, Kate; Antichi, Daniele; Bàrberi, Paolo; Bigongiali, Federica; Surböck, Andreas; Kranzler, Andreas; Beeckman, Annelies; Willekens, Koen; Luik, Anne; Peetsmann, Elen; Grosse, Meike; Heß, Jürgen; Clerc, Maurice; Dierauer, Hansueli and Mäder, Paul (2014) ORGANIC FARMERS IN EUROPE: MOTIVATIONS AND PROBLEMS FOR USING CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE PRACTICES. "TILMAN-ORG Session". In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 295-298.

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As conservation agriculture and organic farming are currently considered as environmentally friendly options for producing food, this study explores the motivations and problems of organic European farmers that apply at least two of the following techniques: (i) no-tillage, (ii) reduced tillage and/or (iii) green manures conservation practices. We carried out a survey about motivations and problems of 159 farmers located in 10 European countries with a questionnaire with closed-ended questions. Data were analysis with a principal component analysis followed by clustering to identify groups of farmers that share the same type of motivations and problems. The most important motivations are related to soil preservation concerns and problems are mainly linked to agronomic conditions and crop management. There are three groups of farmers that share the same type of attitude: “atypical farmers”, “soil conservationists” and “agro-technically challenged farmers”. According to this study, research may address in priority agronomic problems, such as weed infestation, caused by adoption of conservation agriculture in organic agriculture.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic agriculture, Conservation tillage, TILMAN-ORG, reduced tillage
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishOrganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
EnglishConservation tillagehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33445
Englishsurvey methodshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330972
EnglishMotivationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_4953
Englishfarmershttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2805
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > TILMAN-ORG
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
Austria > FiBL Austria
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Advisory Service
France > ISARA - Institut supérieure d’agriculture Lyon
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:249667
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Peigne, Dr. Josephine
ID Code:23939
Deposited On:30 Oct 2014 14:19
Last Modified:28 Nov 2014 13:09
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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