Developing a behavioural model for the adoption of sustainable farming practices in agricultural communities in South Asia

   College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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  Dr L Jaacks, Prof Andrew Barnes, Dr Toritseju Begho  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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.

Agriculture (1)

Funding Notes

This 3.5 year studentship opportunity is open to UK and international students and provides funding to cover enhanced stipend, tuition fees and enhanced consumable and travel costs.
Application form can be downloaded via Applications should be emailed to [Email Address Removed].
If you are applying for more than one studentship please submit a separate application with a closing date of noon on 8th January 2024 at


1. Toritseju Begho, Klaus Glenk, Asif R. Anik and Vera Eory. 2022. Journal of Sustianable Agriculture and Development. ‘A systematic review of factors that influence farmers' adoption of sustainable crop farming practices: Lessons for sustainable nitrogen management in South Asia.’
2. Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Dil Bahadur Rahut, Tek B. Sapkota, Ritika Khurana and Arun Khatri-Chhetri. 2020. Environment, Development and Sustainability. ‘Climate change mitigation options among farmers in South Asia.’
3. Bethan Thompson, Rosanna Morrison, Kate Stephen, Veronika Eory, Joana Ferreira, Belinda Vigors, Hernan Botero Degiovanni, Andrew Barnes and Luiza Toma, SRUC. March 2021. ClimateXChange. ‘Behaviour change and attitudes in the Scottish agricultural sector – a rapid evidence assessment.’ 

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