Evidence of collaborative opportunities to ensure long-term sustainability in African farming

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El-Fartassi, I., Milne, A. E., El Alami, R., Rafiqi, M., Hassall, K. L., Waine, T., Zawadzka, J., Diarra, A. and Corstanje, R. 2023. Evidence of collaborative opportunities to ensure long-term sustainability in African farming. Journal of Cleaner Production. 392, p. 136170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.136170

AuthorsEl-Fartassi, I., Milne, A. E., El Alami, R., Rafiqi, M., Hassall, K. L., Waine, T., Zawadzka, J., Diarra, A. and Corstanje, R.
Abstract

Farmers face the challenge of increasing production to feed a growing population and support livelihoods, whilst
also improving the sustainability and resilience of cropping systems. Understanding the key factors that influence
farming management practices is crucial for determining farmers’ adaptive capacity and willingness to engage in
cooperative strategies. To that end, we investigated management practices that farmers adopt and the factors
underlying farmers’ decision-making. We also aimed to identify the constraints that impede the adoption of
strategies perceived to increase farming resilience and to explore how the acceleration of technology adoption
through cooperation could ensure the long-term sustainability of farming. Surveys were distributed to farming
stakeholders and professionals who worked across the contrasting environments of Morocco. We used descriptive
statistics and analysis by log-linear modelling to predict the importance of factors influencing farmers’ decision-
making. The results show that influencing factors tended to cluster around environmental pressures, crop
characteristics and water availability with social drivers playing a lesser role. Subsidies were also found to be an
important factor in decision-making. Farming stakeholders generally believed that collaborative networks are
likely to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. We conclude that farmers need both eco-
nomic incentives and technical support to enhance their adaptive capacity as this can lessen the socioeconomic
vulnerability inherent in arid and semi-arid regions.

KeywordsArid and semi-arid regions; Farmer decision-making; Sustainable agriculture; Cooperation; Adaptation
Year of Publication2023
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Journal citation392, p. 136170
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.136170
Web address (URL)https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S0959652623003281?token=ABDFB8BBD2E6125AEBECF6666DA359913D316C16516C7789553E0352A4C3E2BDCACC9950F7C83E00731FB0620E0A00FD&originRegion=eu-west-1&originCreation=20230222222523
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderOffice Chérifien des Phosphate (OCP)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online31 Jan 2023
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Accepted22 Jan 2023
PublisherElsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN0959-6526

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