International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.2 (1), pp.001-009, January 2014
Article 13/ID/ JPR102, 09 pages
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Original Research Paper
Multi-criteria decision aid as a new tool to apprehend factors affecting adoption of sustainable practices in ornamental greenhouses
Accepted 12 December, 2013
1*Bout, A.,2Blanquart, S., 1,3Parolin, P. and 1Poncet, C.
1 INRA, UMR 1355 ISA, TEAPEA team, F-06903 Sophia-Antipolis, France.
2 C3ED, Centre d’Economie et d’Ethique pour l’Environnement et le Développement, Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
3University of Hamburg, Department of Plant Diversity, Germany.
*Corresponding Author E-mail:Alexandre.Bout(at)sophia.inra.fr
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92 38 64 08
Greenhouse surface areas have increased significantly and this cropping system has seen worldwide expansion. Furthermore, ornamental greenhouses are still having great environmental impact since they are the most intensive domains. New social and economic concerns are emerging, namely: effects on human health and environmental protection, as people become more aware and concerned about effects of pesticides. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biological control have been identified as methods to respond to these concerns and constraints. Despite the fact that these sustainable practices have been studied for a long time and that there are several evidences of IPM effectiveness, chemical control is still largely used for ornamental cultivation. The objective of this study was to identify the main driving forces and stumbling blocks to adoption of sustainable practices in ornamental greenhouses. Multi-criteria decision aid software was used to sort for information from the interviews in a panel of 34 growers representing the ornamental crop production population. Results indicated that there was a significant lack of information concerning alternative crop protection strategies such as tools and methods available, incentive and IPM effectiveness. The second major stumbling block correlating to information deficit is risk aversion.
Key words: Integrated pest management, electre-tri, driving forces, practices adoption, sustainable practices, greenhouses