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Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints

Padel, Susanne; Rubenstein, Oliver; Woolford, Amelia; Egan, Jim and Pearce, Bruce (2017) Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. Aspects of Applied Biology, 136, pp. 27-32.

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Summary

We report a social science study of farmers’ experience of transition towards agroecological approaches in the UK with the aims to
(i) identify motivations, challenges and opportunities encountered, together with the perceived benefits and disadvantages associated with the transition and
(ii) gain an understanding of individuals’ trajectories in context, including social, economic, biophysical, cultural and psychological dimensions.
Fourteen farmers in England, Scotland and Wales that had undergone an agroecological transition were interviewed in early 2017 using a semi-structured interview case study approach. Answers were analysed, considering mainly two theoretical models of farmers’ decision-making.
Key triggers were farmers newly taking over a business or feeling inspired by meeting agroecological farmers. Farmers’ biggest challenges included issues related to people, technical issues, financial and organic regulations. State support measures were often mis-matched to the farmer’s approach which deterred some farmers from submitting applications.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Farming Systems
Food systems
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Other organizations
ISSN:0265-1491
Related Links:http://www.aab.org.uk/contentok.php?id=507
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:33069
Deposited On:27 Apr 2018 17:40
Last Modified:04 Jun 2019 11:17
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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