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Identifying barriers and opportunities for transitions towards more sustainable agriculture through system analysis: the case of Vereda La Hoya, Colombia


Feola, G; Schoell, R; Binder, C R (2010). Identifying barriers and opportunities for transitions towards more sustainable agriculture through system analysis: the case of Vereda La Hoya, Colombia. In: Darnhofer, I; Grötzer, M. Building sustainable rural futures : the added value of systems approaches in times of change and uncertainty; 9th European IFSA Symposium; 4‐7 July 2010 in Vienna, Austria; proceedings. Wien, AU: BOKU : Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, 1873-1883.

Abstract

The paper presents the results of studies which investigated farmers’ reasoning and behaviour with regards to the mis‐use of personal protective equipment and pesticide among smallholders in Colombia. First, the research approach is described. In particular, the structured mental models approach and the integrative agent‐centred framework are presented. These approaches permit to understand the farmers’ reasoning and behaviour in a system perspective. Second, the results are summarized. The methods adopted allowed not only for identifying the factors, but also the social dynamics influencing farmers. Finally, suggestions for interventions are provided, which are not limited to a technical fix, but address the underlying social causes of the problem.

Abstract

The paper presents the results of studies which investigated farmers’ reasoning and behaviour with regards to the mis‐use of personal protective equipment and pesticide among smallholders in Colombia. First, the research approach is described. In particular, the structured mental models approach and the integrative agent‐centred framework are presented. These approaches permit to understand the farmers’ reasoning and behaviour in a system perspective. Second, the results are summarized. The methods adopted allowed not only for identifying the factors, but also the social dynamics influencing farmers. Finally, suggestions for interventions are provided, which are not limited to a technical fix, but address the underlying social causes of the problem.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:02 Aug 2010 08:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:13
Publisher:BOKU : Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
ISBN:978‐3‐200‐01908‐9
Additional Information:9th European IFSA Symposium 4‐7 July 2010 in Vienna, Austria
Official URL:http://ifsa.boku.ac.at/cms/fileadmin/Proceeding2010/2010_WS4.4_Feola.pdf
Related URLs:http://ifsa.boku.ac.at/cms/index.php?id=107 (Publisher)

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