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Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 137; doi:10.3390/su8020137

An Impact Analysis of Farmer Field School in China

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School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706, WI, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Kannan Govindan
Received: 13 November 2015 / Revised: 27 January 2016 / Accepted: 27 January 2016 / Published: 2 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Better Decision-Making Helps to Improve Sustainability)
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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the impact of the Farmer Field School (FFS) intervention among small-scale tomato farmers in Beijing. Using data collected by face-to face-interview from 358 households on 426 planting plots in 2009, we evaluate the yield effect and find evidence of positive impact. We then examine the determining factors of farmers’ FFS attendance using the zero-inflated Poisson model. We find evidence of the positive impact of the FFS program on male participants but no impact on female participants. We find that some factors, such as being the household head, wealth level and land size affect both FFS participation decisions and attendance decisions, whereas other factors may affect only one decision but not the other. The results suggest that FFS is a useful way to increase production of farmers in Beijing and that the approach is especially effective for male and wealthy producers with smaller farm sizes and higher literacy. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; extension; tomato; zero inflated Poisson model; attendance sustainable agriculture; extension; tomato; zero inflated Poisson model; attendance
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Cai, J.; Shi, G.; Hu, R. An Impact Analysis of Farmer Field School in China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 137.

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