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Understanding the adoption of sustainable silvopastoral practices in Northern Argentina: what is the role of land tenure?

Tschopp, M., Ceddia, G., Inguaccio, C., Bardsley, N. and Hernandez, H. (2020) Understanding the adoption of sustainable silvopastoral practices in Northern Argentina: what is the role of land tenure? Land Use Policy, 99. 105092. ISSN 0264-8377

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.105092

Abstract/Summary

The Argentinian Dry Chaco has suffered from very high deforestation rates in the last decades, and forest degradation remains an important issue. This study examines the adoption of sustainable silvopastoral practices by smallholder households in the Chaco. Data for the study were collected from 393 families in two municipalities of the Province of Salta. We used multivariate probit (MVP) models to assess land users’ decision to adopt three management practices. We show that socio-economic factors (household assets, number of animals), human and social capital (literacy, affiliation with a producer organization), as well as access to financial resources (credit) determine adoption. Secured land tenure also increases the likelihood of adoption, but not as much as we initially hypothesized. We discuss how certain specificities of the area, including difficulties accessing land titles and pressure from the agro-industry, as well as the characteristics of the resource itself – forest grazing areas, some shared by multiple families – might explain this unexpectedly low influence of land tenure on the adoption of sustainable silvopastoral practices.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:93098
Publisher:Elsevier

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