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International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE)

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  • Climate and Migration of Agricultural Producers of Banikoara Cotton Zones in Benin   Order a copy of this article
    by Ichaou Mounirou 
    Abstract: Rural migration is an important bottleneck for rural development due to the labor force from rural to urban areas in developing countries. This paper aims to examine the effects of climate factors on rural migration using data surveys conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Livestock and Fisheries (APRM) from 2016 to 2017 in the cotton zones of Benin involving more than 623 famers. In this survey, endogenous switching probit technique (ESP) is used to investigate the drivers of climate factors exposure and its impact on rural migration in Benin. The results indicate that factors relating to climate change as well as socio demographic factors reduce rural migration in Banikoara cotton zone. The results also show that exposure to climate factors increases the probability of rural migration by 15.2% on average. Thus, we suggest that policymakers should design and implement efficient mitigation strategies through the use of climate-resilient seeds and other climate adaptation strategies.
    Keywords: Rural migration; climate change; climate shocks; endogenous multinomial.

  • Analysis of the impact of land tenure security on agricultural productivity in Burkina Faso   Order a copy of this article
    by Doubahan Adeline COULIBALY 
    Abstract: This article analyses the causal link between secured land property rights and farm productivity through investment channels using data from the 2011/2012 agricultural season provided by the ministry in charge of agriculture. The productivity is estimated from a stochastic production frontier, and an appropriate interval regression model is used to deal with endogeneity. We found that cereal producers have an average level of technical efficiency of approximately 0.37 units. This productivity can be improved by 0.17 units if the plots are secure. The results also revealed that multicropping, access to credit and water and soil conservation techniques are factors that have positive effects on producers technical efficiency. However, the producers technical efficiency is negatively affected by the quality of the seed.
    Keywords: Impact; land tenure security; productivity; Burkina Faso.

  • Territorial agri-environmental measures and inequality: some insights from the French case   Order a copy of this article
    by Alexandre Berthe, Jacqueline Candau, Sylvie Ferrari, Baptiste Hautdidier, Vanessa Kuentz-Simonet, Charlotte Scordia, Frédéric Zahm 
    Abstract: Given the challenge of prejudging whether contracting a MAEt - a territorial agri-environmental policy in France - constitutes an environmental effort on the part of the farmers, this study addresses questions of fairness raised by MAEt. Although the policy is focused on improving environment quality, there are consequences in terms of equity of access and the level of compensation obtained. The study employed statistics over the 2007-2013 period to identify farms with access to MAEt and the associated inequalities. Contracting farmers are similar to those receiving other direct subsidies; thus, the same equity issues are addressed. However, monetary compensation does not appear to worsen income inequality between farmers. Finally, a focus on MAEt implementation in three regions highlights the key role of contrasted but persistent logics in the definition of priority areas, a hint at a possible lack of realignment of the MAEt scheme after 2013.
    Keywords: MAEt; territorial agri-environmental measures; inequality; equity; environmental effort; multifunctionality; France.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2022.10050765
  • Combining monetary valuation with deliberative valuation of ecosystem services: which interest? Case of insects pollination in the Comminges in South-West France   Order a copy of this article
    by Zafarani Uwingabire, Nicola Gallai, Jean-Pierre Del Corso, Houria Ouldnane 
    Abstract: Benefits derived from ecosystem services are under threat, mainly due to human activities. Valuation of such benefits is fundamental to help decision-makers preserve ecosystem services. However, the ability of a traditionally used monetary valuation to capture the different values attributed to ecosystem services has been criticised. Several studies advocate complementing it by a deliberation among actors. The article aims to document this proposal. It compares the respective interests of a choice experiment (CE) and deliberation to evaluate the benefits of insect pollination services. The CE is powerful in revealing, through the estimation of marginal values, the extent of individual preferences, tendency convergence and heterogeneity. The deliberative evaluation is, in turn, crucial in supporting a collective approach to the management of common goods by stimulating complex reasoning, critical examination and the search for the general interest.
    Keywords: ecosystem services; pollination indicator; choice experiment; deliberative evaluation; social choice; common goods.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2022.10052507
  • Institutional mechanism for policy coherence between climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and food security in South Africa.   Order a copy of this article
    by Annegrace Zembe, Livhuwani David Nemakonde, Paul Chipangura 
    Abstract: Incoherence in coordination between institutions that address climate change adaptation (CCA), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and food security (FS) policy areas exacerbates FS challenges in most developing countries, including South Africa. To address such incoherencies, this article seeks to develop a coordination mechanism that could help in aligning FS functions undertaken by CCA, DRR and FS institutions. The coordination mechanism was developed using aspects from the functional resonance analysis method (input, time, preconditions, resources, control and output) and data gathered through policy analysis, key informant interviews, and written responses. The coordination mechanism allows for simultaneous participation of relevant stakeholders through a systematic characterisation of FS functions. It allows policymakers and practitioners to identify variabilities, challenges, and opportunities that should be considered before any FS activity is executed.
    Keywords: climate change adaptation; coordination mechanism; disaster risk reduction; food security; institutions.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2022.10052616