South Asia is the most vulnerable region in the world to the effects of climate change. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve the resilience of South Asian agricultural systems. In order to have an impact, policies, innovations, and best practices relating to sustainable farming must be taken up by farmers. To close this know-do gap, a detailed understanding of farmer behaviour is required.
The overall goal of this project is to understand how to influence farmers’ decision-making behaviour as relates to the adoption of sustainable farming practices. The geographic focus will be South Asia, where the supervisors have extensive prior research experience in agriculture and nutrition. In the first 10 weeks of the project, informed by a literature review and discussions with stakeholders, the student, together with the supervisory team, will decide on which specific sustainable farming practices to focus on, for which crop(s), and in which geography(ies).
The specific aims of the project could include (these may be adapted to fit the student’s prior experience and research interests):
1. To identify determinants of adoption and dis-adoption of sustainable farming practices, by conducting a survey of farming households in the selected geography(ies). The survey will be supplemented with in-depth qualitative interviews and/or focus group discussions.
2. To compare approaches taken by NGOs, the private sector, and governments to support farmers in adopting sustainable farming practices across the region.
To integrate findings from #1 and #2 into the policy landscape for the selected geography(ies) and provide evidence-based recommendations to policymakers on how to improve existing schemes to increase uptake of sustainable farming practices.