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Farmers' willingness to conserve crop genetic resources under different policy incentives: The case of traditional rice varieties in the Western Ghats of south India

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Abstract:

Drawing on a random sample of 228 farm households from two regions in the Western Ghats of south India, this study assesses factors influencing farmers' willingness to conserve traditional rice varieties of low survivability, contingent on three policy scenarios or incentives. The empirical results indicate that factors influencing decisions to conserve these varieties on-farm depend mainly on farmers' socioeconomic characteristics and farming systems, and vary between the two regions and among the tested or assumed policy scenarios. There are also synergies and trade-offs between the application of other rural development policy interventions and the demand for the tested policy incentives. The study concludes that on-farm conservation of traditional rice varieties threatened with extinction necessitates appropriate choices of policy incentives and proper targeting in both regions.

Keywords: INDIA; ON-FARM CONSERVATION; POLICY INCENTIVES; TRADITIONAL RICE VARIETIES; WILLINGNESS TO CONSERVE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000007781159895

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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  • Outlook on Agriculture is an international peer-review journal devoted to agricultural science, policy and strategy. The journal is published quarterly and provides analysis, reviews and commentary for an international and interdisciplinary readership. Special attention is paid to agricultural policy, international trade in the agricultural sector, strategic developments in food production, the role of agriculture in social and economic development, agriculture in developing countries, and environmental issues. Readers include academics, policy makers and practitioners. For more details go to www.ippublishing.com
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