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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.


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


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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