TP4-2: Socio-economics

Socio-economic evaluation of agroforestry systems

Summary

The objective of the research is the economic assessment of the implementation of agroforestry systems at farm level. It takes into consideration the relevant contingency factors such as natural conditions, alternative crops, and structural characteristics of agriculture in rural areas. In addition to this, further objectives are dealing with the acceptance of more sustainable land use systems in public. To challenge this task, the valuation of alternative land use systems will be quantified. To assess the economic value of the implementation of cropland and grassland agroforestry systems, the net present values of alternative land use systems will be calculated. As most of the research did before, detailed information on natural conditions, alternative crops, and structural characteristics of agriculture are taken into consideration. Furthermore, the economic analysis is based on secondary data, publicly available standard values, and additional data is collected through on-farm visits and expert interviews. To analyze the attitude of farmers and stakeholders concerning alternative agricultural production systems, questionnaires will be designed to generate empirical data. Therefore local natural and societal conditions as well as varying preferences and attitudes will be kept in mind to generate reliable results. Possible participants will be addressed through a random sampling strategy in collaboration with local farmer, civil society and public organizations. To evaluate the preferences of consumers with respect to alternative agricultural production systems, the societal valuation of agroforestry systems will be based on choice-based conjoint analysis. This analysis will focus on those elements of agroforestry systems which laypersons, i.e. consumers, can easily distinguish from conventional land use (such as the appearance and diversification of the landscape) and which they may appreciate (or dislike). Consumers will be surveyed online; the online survey will be designed with the software ACA 8.2 from Sawtooth Software. Participants will be addressed with the help of a private panel provider.

 

Contact

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Theuvsen

University of Göttingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany

Sekretariat: Martina Reichmann

Phone: +49 (0)551/ 39-4851
Fax: +49 (0)551/ 39-4621
Email: mreichm2@gwdg.de

M. Sc. agr. Josef Langenberg

University of Göttingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 4430
Email: josef.langenberg@agr.uni-goettingen.de