Barriers and Facilitators for Adopting Sustainable Soil Management Practices in Mediterranean Olive Groves
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AutorAznar-Sánchez, José A.; Velasco-Muñoz, Juan F.; López-Felices, Belén; Del Moral-Torres, Fernando
Soil is a fundamental resource, subject to severe and quick degradation processes because of the pressure of human activities, particularly in many regions of the Mediterranean where agriculture is an important economic activity. It has been proven that the use of sustainable soil management practices can potentially give rise to the creation of a carbon sink, an increase of soil organic matter content, the maintenance of crop productivity and a reduction in erosion. Despite the existence of scientific evidence about the benefits generated by the use of sustainable practices on soil, many farmers are reluctant to adopt them. The objective of this study is to identify and give a hierarchical structure to the factors that condition the adoption of sustainable practices in the management of agricultural soil. The case of olive tree cultivation in Southeast Spain has been studied, using a participatory qualitative methodology. The results show a series of seven principal barriers (informat...
impact assessment; Delphi; agricultural development; sustainability; Mediterranean basin; participatory qualitative methodology