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Smallholder Preferences for Agri-environmental Change at the Bhoj Wetland, India


  • Rob Hope
  • Mamta Borgoyary
  • Chetan Agarwal


Incentive-based approaches have gained policy interest in linking change in agricultural land management with environmental conservation. This article investigates how scheme design influences smallholder farmers' decisions to switch to organic farming to reduce water pollution, drawing on a study at a Ramsar wetland site providing water for the city of Bhopal. Results from a choice experiment suggest that transitional payments are necessary to overcome farmer constraints to adopt organic farming, and that effective land certification has the potential to act as a self-enforcing mechanism linking farmer incomes with wetland conservation benefits. Copyright (c) The Authors 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Rob Hope & Mamta Borgoyary & Chetan Agarwal, 2008. "Smallholder Preferences for Agri-environmental Change at the Bhoj Wetland, India," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(5), pages 585-602, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:5:p:585-602

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