Farmers’ objectives as determinants of organic farming adoption: the case of Catalonian vineyard production

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  • Zein Kallas,

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    1. Centre de Recerca en Economia i Desenvolupament Agroalimentaris, (CREDA)-UPC-IRTA, Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Avinguda del Canal Olímpic s/n, 08860-Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
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      E-mail address: zein.kallas@upc.edu (Z. Kallas).
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  • Teresa Serra,

    1. Centre de Recerca en Economia i Desenvolupament Agroalimentaris, (CREDA)-UPC-IRTA, Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Avinguda del Canal Olímpic s/n, 08860-Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
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  • José Maria Gil

    1. Centre de Recerca en Economia i Desenvolupament Agroalimentaris, (CREDA)-UPC-IRTA, Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Avinguda del Canal Olímpic s/n, 08860-Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain
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Corresponding author: Tel.: +34 935521213; fax: +34 935521121.
E-mail address: zein.kallas@upc.edu (Z. Kallas).

Abstract

This article assesses the decision to adopt organic farming practices. We use Duration Analysis (DA) to determine why farmers adopt organic farming practices and what influences the timing of adoption. We extend previous studies by including farmers’ objectives, risk preferences, and agricultural policies as covariates in the DA model. The Analytical Hierarchy Process is used as a multicriteria decision-making methodology to measure farmers’ objectives. The empirical analysis uses farm-level data from a sample of vineyard farms in the Spanish region of Catalonia. Farmers’ objectives are found to influence the conversion decision. Moreover, farmers who are not risk averse are more likely to adopt organic farming. Results point to the policy changes that have been most relevant in motivating adoption of organic practices.

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