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Cullen, P,Ryan, M,O'Donoghue, C,Hynes, S,HUallachain, DO,Sheridan, H
2020
June
Land Use Policy
Impact of farmer self-identity and attitudes on participation in agri-environment schemes
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Agri-environment schemes factor analysis attitudes self-identity participation PLANNED BEHAVIOR CONSERVATION PRACTICES MANAGEMENT PRACTICES PROTECTION SCHEME ADOPTION MOTIVATIONS WILLINGNESS INTENTIONS VOLUNTARY RESPONSES
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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.
10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104660
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