PUBLICATION DATE

2017-06-20

AUTHORS

Alexandra Irani, Issam Bashour, Ali Chalak, Gumataw Kifle Abebe, Karin Seyfert, Jad Chaaban, Kaitlyn Smoot

TITLE

Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Conservation Agriculture: New Evidence from Lebanon

ISSUE

4

VOLUME

60

ISSN (print)

0364-152X

ISSN (electronic)

1432-1009

ABSTRACT

With increasing food insecurity and climate change, conservation agriculture has emerged as a sustainable alternative to intensive conventional agriculture as a source of food supply. Yet the adoption rate of conservation agriculture is still low. Our paper analyses the factors affecting farmers’ willingness to adopt conservation agriculture in Lebanon. The findings show that household characteristics—years of farming and farm size affect conservation agriculture adoption. However, household characteristics alone were insufficient to explain conservation agriculture adoption. We found that farming experience, information sources, frequency of irrigation, and severity of weed infestation in the past, participation in specific trainings, and farmers’ perception about the long-term impact of conservation agriculture, were key determinants of conservation agriculture adoption. Our paper encourages policymakers to invest in conservation agriculture to overcome food insecurity and environmental changes affecting food systems in the Middle East. The paper also informs agribusiness firms to view conservation agriculture as a viable alternative to strengthen their business relationship with farmers in arid and semi-arid regions.

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