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Factors Affecting Wheat Producers’ Water Conservation Behavior: Evidence from Iran

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Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, College of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, 14155-6343 Tehran, Iran
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Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Babeş-Bolyai University, 400000 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Institute of Economics and Social Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
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Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, China
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Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, China
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Sino-Belgian Joint Laboratory for Geo-Information, Urumqi 830011, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Department of Geography, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Water 2021, 13(22), 3217; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223217
Received: 22 August 2021 / Revised: 24 October 2021 / Accepted: 3 November 2021 / Published: 13 November 2021
The present research aimed to identify and analyze the factors influencing water conservation behaviors (WCBs) and determine the most important ones. The research adopted a causal-relational method with a questionnaire compiled for data collection. The validity and reliability of the questionnaire based on the calculation of Cronbach’s alpha for different sections were between 0.71 and 0.95. The statistical population included 5473 wheat farmers in Bukan Township, Iran. Krejcie and Morgan tables were used to calculate the sample size of 357 people. All these farmers have key information about the effects of climate change (e.g., drought) and are pioneers in using adaptation and water conservation strategies in wheat production. In this study, the sample size was determined using stratified sampling method with proportional assignment. The questionnaire validity was approved by the validity expert board. According to the findings of the exploratory factor analysis, the most important factors influencing WCBs of wheat producers included “institutional”, “economic”, “natural”, “extensional”, “social”, “attitudinal”, and “self-identity” ones. These seven factors together accounted for 47.498% of the variance in WCBs of wheat producers. The relationship between independent variables and wheat growers’ WCBs was determined by Pearson correlation coefficients. According to the results, economic, institutional, natural, attitudinal, social, and self-identity factors had a significant relationship with WBC at 1% error level. The regression results also showed that among the studied variables, economic and extensional factors had the greatest impact on wheat growers’ WCBs. The results can help managers and planners determine policies that focus more on economic and extensional factors that have been neglected in previous studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: wheat farmers’ behavior; exploratory factor analysis; water resources wheat farmers’ behavior; exploratory factor analysis; water resources
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Momenpour, Y.; Choobchian, S.; Sadighi, H.; Malos, C.-V.; Viira, A.-H.; Kurban, A.; Azadi, H. Factors Affecting Wheat Producers’ Water Conservation Behavior: Evidence from Iran. Water 2021, 13, 3217. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223217

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Momenpour Y, Choobchian S, Sadighi H, Malos C-V, Viira A-H, Kurban A, Azadi H. Factors Affecting Wheat Producers’ Water Conservation Behavior: Evidence from Iran. Water. 2021; 13(22):3217. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223217

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Momenpour, Yadgar, Shahla Choobchian, Hassan Sadighi, Cristian-Valeriu Malos, Ants-Hannes Viira, Alishir Kurban, and Hossein Azadi. 2021. "Factors Affecting Wheat Producers’ Water Conservation Behavior: Evidence from Iran" Water 13, no. 22: 3217. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223217

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