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The process of conversion to organic farming at the farm level

Padel, Susanne (2005) The process of conversion to organic farming at the farm level. Working paper, Institute or Rural Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. [Unpublished]

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The paper contributes to the understanding of change to sustainable agriculture at the farm level, arguing that variability and length and of the process, in terms of farmers’ decision-making and the impact on farms, need to be recognised. Potential variables influencing the process of conversion to organic farming, and key stages of Adoption are reviewed, with particular focus on how farmers evaluate and experience systems change and the relevance of the Adoption/Diffusion model. This is contrasted with observations of the conversion to organic milk production on case farms in the UK. Three key stages of such change processes are conceptualised, and the relevance of such a framework for research and support of farmers during periods of change is discussed.


EPrint Type:Working paper
Keywords:sustainable agriculture, extension, information, adoption, case studies
Subjects: Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: UK > Univ. Aberystwyth
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:5886
Deposited On:03 Oct 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:The paper was submitted to a journal but rejected and will be re-submitted in a modified form. Any comments are welcome

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