Perceptions of Best Management Practices on Thai Citrus Farms and the Development of an Agri-Environmental Policy: A Case Study in the Ping River Basin, Thailand

by Wimolpat Bumbudsanpharoke

A number of agricultural economics studies have made policy recommendation based on an assumption that farmers are homogenous and make decision to maximise their well-being. However, there is a lack of research around behavioural responses to agri-environmental policy. As such, this study is tailored to employ contemporary interests of economic and behavioural principles in order to tackle the problem by understanding farmers' perspective and serving correct requirements rather than traditionally campaigning policies without sound agreements. The main objective of this study is to consider psychological perspectives on farmer decision making in relation to BMP adoption. The study attempts to investigate beliefs that are associated with decision making, to understand subjectivity in conservation behaviour, to assess costs of various BMP, and to make relevant policy recommendations. Prior to the main analysis, a set of BMPs is defined. Twelve BMPs suitable for implementation in the Ping river basin are selected based on expert judgement. Two psychological theories, the Theory of Planned Behaviour and QMethodology, are proposed to investigate farmers' behavioural intentions and latent perceptions, respectively. Further, the economic analysis of BMP cost at farm level is conducted to investigate cost effects and adoption intention.

  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Country: Thailand
  • Type: Dissertation Research Grant
  • Research Topic: LGU Support for Adaptation Planning
  • Analytical Framework: Policy Analysis
Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia