Impact of farmer self-identity and attitudes on participation in agri-environment schemes

P. Cullen*, M. Ryan, C. O'Donoghue, S. Hynes, D.Ó. hUallacháin, H. Sheridan

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Abstract

Influencing farmers to make positive contributions to the environment is one of the goals of agri-environment schemes (AESs). Understanding the drivers of farmer behaviour and the choices they make with regards to AESs is important as this aids policy makers in creating schemes that have a wider scope and are more likely to achieve environmental goals. Past studies have identified the importance of farmer self-identity and attitudes in decisions made on farms. Little emphasis has been put on modelling the relationship between self-identity and attitudes towards schemes and the resulting impact on participation in voluntary AESs. Using Ireland as a case-study, this paper employs a survey of 1000 farms to look at participation in AESs through the lens of farmer perceived self-identity and their attitudes towards schemes. A relatively novel approach of combining factor analysis, to generate a self-identity typology, with an AES participation regression model is implemented. The model results suggest that self-identity and attitudes have a significant impact on AES participation. Neighbouring farmers' viewpoints also have a significant and positive impact on the participation decision made by farmers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104660
Number of pages8
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume95
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

JEL classifications

  • q00 - "Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics: General"

Keywords

  • Agri-environment schemes
  • Attitudes
  • Factor analysis
  • Ireland
  • Participation
  • Self-identity
  • agricultural policy
  • factor analysis
  • farmers attitude
  • local participation
  • participation
  • WILLINGNESS
  • attitudes
  • PROTECTION SCHEME
  • CONSERVATION PRACTICES
  • ADOPTION
  • PLANNED BEHAVIOR
  • MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
  • INTENTIONS
  • VOLUNTARY
  • RESPONSES
  • self-identity
  • MOTIVATIONS

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