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Gallagher, Andrew, 2018. Small-scale farmers’ intentions to carry out conservation-oriented agriculture through participation in the Entry-Level Stewardship Agri-Environment Scheme : the role of attitudes and values in farming behaviour. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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This thesis investigates the attitudes of small-scale farmers towards conservation-oriented farming as prescribed through the Entry-Level Stewardship Agri-Environmental Scheme. It aims to understand whether values and identity play a role in how agricultural practices are perceived by farmers and whether this affects their behavioral intentions. The research relates to an ongoing discussion in what is referred to as an ‘agricultural transition’, where in recent decades national and supranational agricultural policy has shifted its support away from productivist-style farming towards agriculture that is increasingly environmentally conscious. Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour, this thesis investigates whether these policy transformations have translated into changing attitudinal and value positions, which centralise the importance of the environment and the provision of public goods. While the farmers presented pragmatic attitudes towards farm management, in line with traditional productivist agriculture based on economic motivations, an awareness of environmental externalities are present within their behavioral intentions to some extent. A diverse range of attitudes were present in the data, however, farmers in general presented positive attitudes towards ELS participation.

Main title:Small-scale farmers’ intentions to carry out conservation-oriented agriculture through participation in the Entry-Level Stewardship Agri-Environment Scheme
Subtitle:the role of attitudes and values in farming behaviour
Authors:Gallagher, Andrew
Supervisor:Nordström Källström, Helena
Examiner:Bergeå, Hanna
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2018
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM011 Sustainable Development - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Agri-Environment Schemes, Productivism, Multifunctionality, Conservation-oriented Agriculture, Attitudes, Values, Identity, Behaviour, Agricultural Transition
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-9250
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-9250
Subjects:Cropping patterns and systems
Nature conservation and land resources
Language:English
Deposited On:19 Feb 2018 11:15
Metadata Last Modified:25 Sep 2018 11:46

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