Sustainable and conventional farmers: A comparison of socio-economic characteristics, attitude, and beliefs

Sammy Comer, Enefiok Ekanem, Safdar Muhammad, Surendra P. Singh, Fisseha Tegegne

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to analyze and compare the socio-economic characteristics, attitude and beliefs of sustainable and conventional farmers. The results show that there was a significant difference in the use of Sustainable Agriculture System (SAS) practices by conventional and sustainable farmers. The response on two agriculture paradigms was significantly different among the two groups of farmers. The probit coefficient showed that there was positive relationship between farmers' education, number of new farming practices adopted, and SAS. The results suggest that sustainable farmers were younger and have more off-farm income compared to conventional farmers. It was also concluded that affiliations with different farmer groups/organizations does affect the farmer's perception toward SAS. The results of this study would be helpful to policy makers in developing strategies and policies to enhance SAS in order to improve the environment and rural communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-45
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sustainable Agriculture
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Conventional and sustainable agriculture
  • Paradigms
  • Practices and probit model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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