Adoption of agricultural water conservation practices – a question of individual or collective behaviour? The case of the North China Plain

Bluemling, B., Yang, H. and Mosler, H.-J. (2010) Adoption of agricultural water conservation practices – a question of individual or collective behaviour? The case of the North China Plain. Outlook on Agriculture, 39(1), pp. 7-16. (doi:10.5367/000000010791170022)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000010791170022

Abstract

This article compares two approaches to identifying the factors that motivate farmers' application of agricultural water saving measures. On the one hand, it is assumed that farmers respond individually to falls in the groundwater table. Cognitive and socio-demographic parameters are employed to explain the individual conditions under which farmers may change their behaviour in response to groundwater table decline. Farmers' decisions to adopt water saving measures also appear to be triggered by the social environment. The authors tested and compared the assumptions of both approaches using a survey from the Hai River basin on the North China Plain. They found that, although farmers applied water saving measures, this was not as a response to a decline in water resources. The village societal structures appeared to be pivotal in motivating agricultural water saving to the advantage of farmers and the water reserves.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bluemling, Dr Bettina
Authors: Bluemling, B., Yang, H., and Mosler, H.-J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Outlook on Agriculture
Publisher:IP Publishing
ISSN:0030-7270
ISSN (Online):2043-6866

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