Modelling the adoption of conservation agriculture in the United Kingdom
Usman Yarima, Muazu Yusuf
The paradigm shift in agricultural activities towards a sustainable, eco-friendly system known as conservation agriculture (CA) has been asserted to be a solution to the current threat of global food insecurity, climate change, water scarcity and environmental degradation. However, despite the tremendous efforts to promote the practice of CA, the adoption rate is slow. This study uses a logit model to investigate the factors that influence adoption of CA in the United Kingdom. Results from the analysis of data from 2,469 farm units revealed that farmers’ age, farm size, and household are significantly associated with increased adoption. The cattle owned, and unpaid workers, though statistically significant, have a negative relationship with the adoption of CA. The recommendation of the findings from this study is an improvement of the livestock feed subsidy to reduce the cost of production, and so permit the payment of better wages to farm workers.