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Factors affecting compost adoption by farmers in small tropical islands in the Caribbean

Jacky Paul Jorge J. Sierra * François Causeret Loic Guinde Jean-Marc Blazy 
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Abstract : In French West Indies, local authorities have proposed composting as a sustainable practice for recycling organic wastes, as well as for orientating farmer towards the use of organic amendments to fertilize degraded tropical soils. The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of compost adoption in Guadeloupe (French West Indies). The study was based on a survey of 520 farmers covering a wide range of agro-ecological regions and cropping systems. Fourteen biophysical and socio-economic variables were used to explain compost adoption with a logit regression model. Our results revealed an adoption rate of 18%, which is mainly determined by the nature of cropping system at the farm level. Although banana, vegetable and tuber crops affected positively the adoption rate, sugarcane affected it negatively. Farmer experience, education and information also affected positively the adoption rate but their effect was less compared with that of the cropping system. Farmer's age and livestock activity had a slight negative effect on compost adoption. The logit model was used to simulate the effect of the analysed variables on adoption under different agricultural scenarios, and to propose the implementation of Agri-Environmental Schemes promoting the use of composts under tropical conditions.
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Jacky Paul, Jorge J. Sierra, François Causeret, Loic Guinde, Jean-Marc Blazy. Factors affecting compost adoption by farmers in small tropical islands in the Caribbean. 52. Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS), 2016, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, France. Caribbean Food Crops Society, Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings, 52, 2016, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting "Engineering ecological modernization of agriculture; Exploring the potential of tropical biological resources for innovation; Towards a bio-economic development of Caribbean countries". ⟨hal-02740127⟩



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