Evaluation of the objectives and concerns of farmers to apply different agricultural managements in olive groves: the case of Estepa Region (Southern, Spain)

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Rodríguez Sousa, Antonio Alberto and Parra López, Carlos and Sayadi-Gmada, Samir and Barandica Fernández, Jesús María and Rescia Perazzo, Alejandro Javier (2020) Evaluation of the objectives and concerns of farmers to apply different agricultural managements in olive groves: the case of Estepa Region (Southern, Spain). Land, 9 (10). pp. 1-21. ISSN Electronic: 2073-445X

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Abstract

Olive groves are representative of the landscape and culture of Spain. They occupy 2.5 M ha. (1.5 M ha in Andalusia) and are characterised by their multifunctionality. In recent years, socio-economic and environmental factors (i.e., erosion) have compromised their sustainability, leading farmers to abandon their farms or intensify their management. The main objective/purpose of this research was to study the drivers and concerns that condition farmers’ choice of a given olive grove management model. Taking the Estepa region as a case study (Andalusia, Spain), surveys were conducted among farmers with integrated and organic managed olive groves. The socio-economic aspects were the main objectives and concerns of the farmers with integrated olive groves. In the case of farmers with organic management, conservation objectives prevailed, and their concerns were oriented to environmental threats. The education level was a key factor in the adoption of given farm management, as it increased the level of environmental awareness. In the context of multifunctional agriculture, it would be desirable to increase this awareness of the environmental threats against olive groves, in order to provide incentives for the implementation of agri-environmental practices that would enhance the sustainability of these systems.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Farm income; Landscape ecology; Multifunctional agriculture; Olive groves; Social demands; socio- cosystems; Sustainability
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
ID Code:64617
Deposited On:25 Mar 2021 09:53
Last Modified:11 Mar 2022 13:17

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