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Organic agriculture and sustainable practices: towards a typology of innovative farmers


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Dinis, Isabel; Ortolani, Livia; Bocci, Riccardo and Brites, Claudia (2014) Organic agriculture and sustainable practices: towards a typology of innovative farmers. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 745-748.

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This paper aims to identify the factors that influence the choice of organic farmers to innovate for more sustainable practices that go beyond the strict limits imposed by the certification. Using survey data collected from 352 Italian and Portuguese certified organic farmers, a probabilistic model was estimated. The results show that farmers, in particular women, longest engaged in organic farming are more likely to adopt sustainable practices. They also indicate that farm size, landownership, the existence of some types of complementary activities and the sources of information used by farmers affect the adoption of such practices.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming; conventionalization; probabilistic models; innovation; certification.
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishOrganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
Englishconventional farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_331393
EnglishInnovation adoptionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3878
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Values, standards and certification
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:245058
Deposited By: Ortolani, Livia
ID Code:23937
Deposited On:30 Oct 2014 14:15
Last Modified:30 Oct 2014 14:15
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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