Zoominar Dr Masood Azeem (UNEBS)

UNE Business School

“Adoption and impact of soil and water conservation practices on farm performance in Indonesia”

Date: Thu 5th Nov 2020 11:00am

Location: Zoom
Contact: Emilio Morales  emilio.morales@une.edu.au 2031

The AARES New England Branch and the UNEBS R&RT Committee cordially invite you to the Zoominar of Dr Masood Azeem (UNE Business School).

The session will be held on Thursday 5th November at 11:00 AM through Zoom (Password: 997372).

Abstract: In this presentation, I will discuss about the factors that facilitate or impede the probability and extent of adoption of soil and water conservation practices (SWCPs) among smallholder farmers in Indonesia’s upland catchments using multiple plot-level data of 850 households cultivating 2197 plots. In particular, we are interested on the relative influence of policy relevant variables that shape farmers’ adoption decisions such as their sources of information, the nature and quality of information; and farmers’ climate risk perceptions. We also evaluate the ex-post impact of a number of SWCPs implemented at plot level (i.e., the extent of adoption) and adoption of each individual conservation practice on net crop revenue. The multivariate probit model was used to account for the correlation among various conservation practices and endogenous switching regression was employed to account for selectivity bias due to observed and unobserved factors. Our findings suggest that knowledge transferred through the membership in social and agricultural groups and government extension services are not sufficient to scale up the adoption of SWCPs, possibly because of the risk and uncertainty in implementing various conservation practices. However, this risk and uncertainty can be reduced by encouraging farmer-to-farmer extension and making high quality information accessible to farmers particularly with regard to climate and SWCPs. Overall, there is a strong evidence suggesting that the adoption of conservation practices leads to an increase in net crop revenue at the plot level.

Masood Azeem is a Research Fellow at the UNE Business School, University of New England. His ongoing work focuses on agricultural policy research to support natural resource management in Indonesia’s upland landscapes. He is economist by training with particular interests in quantitative econometric methods and he has utilized his analytical skills in areas ranging from impact evaluation of public policies, agribusiness value chain analysis, firm-level drivers of innovation; natural resources economics, consumer behaviour, food insecurity, poverty, and vulnerability to shocks. Masood’s research has been published in the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Food Policy, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Asian Economics, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, and International Journal of Innovation Management, among others.

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