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Sustainability development: Biofuels in agriculture

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MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Biofuels are socially and politically accepted as a form of sustainable energy in numerous countries. However, cases of environmental degradation and land grabs have highlighted the negative effects to their adoption. Smallholder farmers are vital in the development of a biofuel industry. The study sort to assess the implications in the adoption of biofuel crops by smallholder farmers. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 129 smallholder farmers who were sampled from the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. A binary probit model was used to investigate the determinants of smallholder farmers adopting biofuel crops. The empirical results showed that the variables membership in association, occupation and incentives were statistically significant in influencing farmers’ decision to adopt biofuel crops. Furthermore, it was discovered that the studied areas have a potential to grow biofuel crops.

Keywords: Agriculture; Biofuels; Binary Model; Sustainable Development; South Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q5 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-agr, nep-ene and nep-env
Date: 2017-01-05, Revised 2017-06-24
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Published in Environmental Economics 2.8(2017): pp. 83-91

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