Agroforestry innovation through planned farmer behavior: trimming in pine–coffee systems

Cahyono, Edi Dwi; Fairuzzana, Salsabila; Willianto, Deltanti; Pradesti, Eka; McNamara, Niall P.; Rowe, Rebecca L. ORCID:; Noordwijk, Meine van. 2020 Agroforestry innovation through planned farmer behavior: trimming in pine–coffee systems [in special issue: Agroforestry-based ecosystem services] Land, 9 (10), 363. 20, pp.

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Knowledge transfer depends on the motivations of the target users. A case study of the intention of Indonesian coffee farmers to use a tree canopy trimming technique in pine–based agroforestry highlights path-dependency and complexity of social-ecological relationships. Farmers have contracts permitting coffee cultivation under pine trees owned by the state forestry company but have no right to fell trees. A multidisciplinary international team of scientists supported farmers at the University of Brawijaya Forest in East Java to trial canopy trimming to improve light for coffee production while maintaining tree density. Data were collected using surveys through interviews, case study analysis using in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and nonparticipant observations. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior, we found that though farmer attitudes toward trimming techniques were positive, several factors needed to be scrutinized: perceived limited socio-policy support and resources. While there is hope that canopy trimming can improve coffee production and local ecosystem services, a participatory and integrative extension and communication strategy will be needed. In the relationship between farmers as agents and forest authorities as principals, any agroforestry innovation needs to incorporate knowledge and concerns in the triangle of farmers, policymakers and empirical science.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2073-445X
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Additional Keywords: agroforestry, innovation transfer, trimming, intention, participatory and integrative research-extension, stakeholders
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 27 Nov 2020 10:51 +0 (UTC)

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