Farmers’ Interest in Agricultural Technology and Organic Farming: Implications for AD Adoption and Sustainable Agriculture in the UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596261
Title:
Farmers’ Interest in Agricultural Technology and Organic Farming: Implications for AD Adoption and Sustainable Agriculture in the UK
Authors:
Duruiheoma, Franklin I.; Burek, Cynthia V.; Bonwick, Graham A.; Alexander, Roy
Abstract:
We identify the factors that attract UK farmers towards a given technology, their interest in agricultural technology and their practice of organic farming. The implications of this on the adoption of anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK and sustainable agriculture are also discussed. Farmers were contacted by means of online survey, aided by yellow pages directory, Natural England directory, Twitter and electronic mail. A total of 283 farmers participated in the survey. The Chi square test was used to check for relationships between the variables measured at 95% confidence level (p<.05). Relationship strength was measured by means of Cramer’s V and Phi values. The results showed several significant relationships among variables, including relationship between interests in agricultural technology and gender, level of education, and farm size; between knowledge of what AD is and gender, level of education and farm size; between interest in AD and age; between willingness to invest in AD if it improved soil properties and farm ownership; and between organic farming practice and age, farm type and farm size. Results also showed a significant presence of female farmers, young farmers (< 30 years old), high level of education among UK farmers, and low level of organic farming practice. Areas for future research and recommendations based on the results are presented in the conclusion.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Duruiheoma F. I., Burek, C. V., Bonwick, G., & Alexander, R. (2015). Farmers’ interest in agricultural technology and organic farming: Implications for AD adoption and Sustainable agriculture in the UK. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(1), 242-263. DOI: 10.5296/emsd.v4i1.7590
Publisher:
Macrothink Institute
Journal:
Environmental Management and sustainable development.
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596261
DOI:
10.5296/emsd.v4i1.7590
Additional Links:
http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/emsd/article/view/7590
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2164-7682
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDuruiheoma, Franklin I.en
dc.contributor.authorBurek, Cynthia V.en
dc.contributor.authorBonwick, Graham A.en
dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Royen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-15T13:00:16Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-15T13:00:16Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.citationDuruiheoma F. I., Burek, C. V., Bonwick, G., & Alexander, R. (2015). Farmers’ interest in agricultural technology and organic farming: Implications for AD adoption and Sustainable agriculture in the UK. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(1), 242-263. DOI: 10.5296/emsd.v4i1.7590en
dc.identifier.issn2164-7682en
dc.identifier.doi10.5296/emsd.v4i1.7590en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/596261en
dc.description.abstractWe identify the factors that attract UK farmers towards a given technology, their interest in agricultural technology and their practice of organic farming. The implications of this on the adoption of anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK and sustainable agriculture are also discussed. Farmers were contacted by means of online survey, aided by yellow pages directory, Natural England directory, Twitter and electronic mail. A total of 283 farmers participated in the survey. The Chi square test was used to check for relationships between the variables measured at 95% confidence level (p<.05). Relationship strength was measured by means of Cramer’s V and Phi values. The results showed several significant relationships among variables, including relationship between interests in agricultural technology and gender, level of education, and farm size; between knowledge of what AD is and gender, level of education and farm size; between interest in AD and age; between willingness to invest in AD if it improved soil properties and farm ownership; and between organic farming practice and age, farm type and farm size. Results also showed a significant presence of female farmers, young farmers (< 30 years old), high level of education among UK farmers, and low level of organic farming practice. Areas for future research and recommendations based on the results are presented in the conclusion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMacrothink Instituteen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/emsd/article/view/7590en
dc.subjectAgricultural food policyen
dc.subjectSoilen
dc.subjectSustainable developmenten
dc.subjectAgricultural intensificationen
dc.subjectFood securityen
dc.titleFarmers’ Interest in Agricultural Technology and Organic Farming: Implications for AD Adoption and Sustainable Agriculture in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalEnvironmental Management and sustainable development.en
dc.date.accepted2015-04-30-
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