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Sustainability development: Biofuels in agriculture

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  • Cheteni, Priviledge

Biofuels are socially and politically accepted as a form of sustainable energy in numerous countries. However, cases of environmental degradation and land grabs have highlighted the negative effects to their adoption. Smallholder farmers are vital in the development of a biofuel industry. The study sort to assess the implications in the adoption of biofuel crops by smallholder farmers. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 129 smallholder farmers who were sampled from the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. A binary probit model was used to investigate the determinants of smallholder farmers adopting biofuel crops. The empirical results showed that the variables membership in association, occupation and incentives were statistically significant in influencing farmers’ decision to adopt biofuel crops. Furthermore, it was discovered that the studied areas have a potential to grow biofuel crops.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 80969.

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Date of creation: 05 Jan 2017
Date of revision: 24 Jun 2017
Publication status: Published in Environmental Economics 2.8(2017): pp. 83-91
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:80969
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