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Farmer Behaviour, Agricultural Management and Climate Change

  • Published: March 2012
  • 83 Pages
  • OECD Publishing

Farmers have a long record of adapting to climate change. The evolving nature of the present changes could, however, have a significant impact on agriculture that will challenge farmers to adapt even further as regards land use and production practices. Moreover, agriculture is expected to reduce its GHG emissions and to offset CO emissions from other sectors through carbon sequestration. These actions are closely related to farm management practices.

It is therefore important to understand how the cultural and social factors (education, information, traditional local practices) in addition to policy incentives facilitate or hinder the implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions. Such an understanding is critical as many potential winwin options are not adopted. Drawing on the experiences of OECD countries, this report identifies policy options that would contribute to a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in the context of climate change.

This study examines the broad range of factors driving farm management decisions that can improve the environment, including drawing on the experiences of OECD countries. It identifies policy options that would contribute to a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in the context of climate change.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Determinants of farmer behavioural change
-Farmer behaviour for conservation management
-Mitigation management
-Adaptation management

Chapter 3. Behavioural economics: Mitigation and adaptation
-Introduction to behavioural economics
-Application of behavioural economics
-Recent actions in OECD countries to tackle farmer behaviour issues

Chapter 4. Policy implications
-A holistic approach is needed
-Behavioural change should be understood at the local level
-“Nudging” could be a useful approach to guide policy
-Forming networks of farmers or working collectively can play an important role

Annex: Traditional economic model of public goods provision

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