Analysis of the adoption of soil conservation practices in olive groves: the case of mountainous areas in southern Spain
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Knowledge AreaEconomía, Sociología y Política Agraria
SponsorsThis research has been carried out within the European Project «The future of olive plantation systems in sloping and mountainous land: Scenarios for production and natural resource conservation (OLIVERO)», Contract nº QLK5-CT-2002-01841.
PublisherInstituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria (INIA)
Bibliographic CitationCALATRAVA LEYVA, J., FRANCO MARTÍNEZ, J.A. GONZÁLEZ ROA, M.C. Analysis of the adoption of soil conservation practices in olive groves: the case of mountainous areas in southern Spain. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research , 46 (3): 249-258, 2007. ISSN 1695-971X
KeywordsAdopción de tecnologías
Erosión del suelo
Eng: This paper presents some results from a survey carried out in 2004 among 223 olive tree farmers from mountainous areas in the Spanish Southern provinces of Granada and Jaén regarding the adoption of soil conservation and management practices. Olive tree groves in mountainous areas are subject to a high risk of soil erosion and incur a higher cost of soil conservation. This results in greater difficulty to comply with the requirements of the new single payment scheme (cross-compliance) and to benefit from agri-environmental schemes. The main objectives of this study are to analyze the current adoption level of soil conservation practices in this area and to address which socioeconomic and institutional factors determine such adoption. Three probit models are estimated. Dependent variables are three different soil conservation practices, namely tillage following contour lines, maintenance of terraces with stonewalls, and non-tillage with weedicides. Results show a significant ...
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