Farmers' willingness to accept payments for ecosystem services on agricultural land: The case of climate-smart agroforestry in Ethiopia

Kaleab K. Haile*, Nyasha Tirivayi, Wondimagegn Tesfaye

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Abstract

This study examines smallholder farmers' preferences for the uptake of contractual climate-smart agroforestry, which yields economic and ecosystem benefits. A discrete choice experiment was conducted with smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to elicit their willingness to participate in a payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme that incentivizes integrating faidherbia albida (a fertilizer tree) in their mono-cropping farming system. Attributes evaluated are "number of planted trees", "payment amount", "payment type", and "contract period". The presence of heterogeneity in the choice behavior of farmers warrants the use of the generalized multinomial logit and latent class conditional logit models to allow for farmer-and class-specific preferences, respectively. The results show that farmers derive higher utility from up-front payments. Farmers also strongly prefer food as the mode of payment than cash.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100964
Number of pages14
JournalEcosystem Services
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Climate-smart agroforestry
  • Payments for ecosystem services
  • Discrete choice experiment
  • Preference heterogeneity
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ethiopia
  • DISCRETE-CHOICE EXPERIMENTS
  • SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITY
  • CONTINGENT VALUATION
  • CHEAP TALK
  • LOGIT-MODELS
  • PARTICIPATION
  • CONSERVATION
  • DESIGN
  • TRANSFERS
  • PRICES

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