The role of rice farmers’ attitude and trust in government in decision-making for participating in a climate-related agri-environmental scheme

Sheng Han Erin Chang, Emmanuel O. Benjamin, Johannes Sauer

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Abstract

Excessive use of synthetic fertilizer has been proven to be an important cause of greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution in many Asian countries. This article aims to provide a better understanding of rice farmers’ preferences for a chemical fertilizer reduction scheme (CFRS) by integrating economic and psychometric factors. A survey of 292 farmers was conducted in Taiwan. The results show that farmers using more chemical fertilizers have a negative attitude towards implementing SAP and less trust in government and would prefer a higher entry payment over an eco-label. On the other hand, farmers using less chemical fertilizer prefer to receive an eco-label rather than incentive payments. Our findings indicate that an eco-label and higher entry payment could overcome the psychological factors that hinder farmers’ engagement. This study provides policymakers with insights into farmers’ decision-making, which could lead to chemical fertilizer reduction, thereby mitigating climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1724-1745
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume67
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

Keywords

  • agri-environment-climate measures
  • farmer decision making
  • hybrid choice model
  • latent attitudes
  • trust in government

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