To plant or not to plant – Irish farmers’ goals and values with regards to afforestation

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Show simple item record Duesberg, Stefanie O'Connor, Deirdre Ní Dhubháin, Áine 2018-05-22T12:13:08Z 2018-05-22T12:13:08Z 2012 Elsevier en 2013-05
dc.identifier.citation Land Use Policy en
dc.description.abstract To encourage Irish farmers to transfer land into forestry, a premium scheme supporting farmers who afforest was implemented in 1989 and afforestation targets outlined in 1996. In the period from 1996 to 2006, however, only half of the targeted area was planted in Ireland. As the income of many farmers would improve when joining the scheme, a number of studies have been conducted to find out why the response was not as expected. However, to date the phenomenon has not been explained. Amongst the studies undertaken, a lack of qualitative approaches looking at farmers’ decision-making was identified. In order to understand farmers’ decisions regarding farm afforestation, in-depth interviews with 62 farmers in the North-West and Mid-Western regions of Ireland were conducted in Winter and Spring 2011. The interviews were based on the theory of farmers’ goals and values developed by Ruth Gasson in 1973 (Gasson, 1973) and relate specifically to their instrumental, intrinsic, social and expressive values about farming. The results of this study show that farmers exhibit complex, multiple and sometimes contradictory values in relation to farming. The biggest group in the study were guided by intrinsic values when it comes to farm afforestation. Their decision not to plant is made based on their values and beliefs about farming, e.g. that it is a shame to plant land used for food production, even though this returns low or no profits. A much smaller group were directed by profit maximisation when it comes to afforesting land. These farmers would plant if the financial incentives around forestry were more attractive, i.e. the premiums of the scheme higher or the outlook for agricultural profits not as good as they anticipated them to be. en
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Land Use Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Land Use Policy (32, (2013)) DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.10.021 en
dc.subject Farm afforestation en
dc.subject Decision-making en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Rurla development en
dc.subject Multifunctionality en
dc.subject Qualitative methods en
dc.title To plant or not to plant – Irish farmers’ goals and values with regards to afforestation en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 32 en
dc.identifier.startpage 155 en
dc.identifier.endpage 164 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.10.021
dc.neeo.contributor Duesberg|Stefanie|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor O'Connor|Deirdre|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Ní Dhubháin|Áine|aut|
dc.description.othersponsorship COFORD en 2018-05-22
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