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Internal research projects - year 2014

Project No.: 1284

Project title:

Evaluation of reasons of farmer participation in agri-environment policy contracts – conversion of arable land to grassland and fodder strips (Čámská)

Head of project:

Ing. Klára Čámská, Ph.D.

Staff:

Ing. Hana Šejnohová, Ph.D., Ing. Jaroslav Pražan, Ing. Marta Mrnuštík Konečná, Ing. Mgr. Lucie Rádlová

Objective:

The aim of the project is to identify and evaluate the reasons which influenced the long-term and repeated participation of farmers in two agri-environment schemes.

  • Review of applicable methods for assessing the causes and adaptation of the methods for the selected policy instruments.
  • Identification of potential factors influencing farmers´ participation in AEM and the resulting effect of a commitment.

Methodology, assumptions, sources:

  • Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used. The evaluation is carried out on selected schemes of the agri-environment measure. The results could provide impulses for improving the effectiveness of some policy instruments.
  • The research is done as a case study for evaluation of conversion of arable land to grassland and fodder strips. The analysis of quantitative data using standard statistical methods and qualitative in-depth interviews are combined with qualitative questionnaire survey carried out on a larger sample of the farmers (400-500).
  • Data processing and evaluation include: coding, sorting results of interviews, basic statistics in a larger sample of farmers (correlation, etc.).

Outputs and their use:

  • Final report: suggestions for improvements concerning the studied AEM schemes for the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Presentation at an international conference and a research paper.
  • Development of methods for future research (with the ambition to contribute methodologically to other parts of the rural development policy).
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