Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Farmer Types and Motivation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_86



Building on the diversity of agricultural practices and the observation that even under similar conditions, not all farmers make similar choices, farmer types are often used to distinguish between groups (or types) of farmers. A farmer type is usually described through the interrelationships between attributes, e.g., farmers’ socioeconomic characteristics, their values, the characteristics of their enterprises, and their biophysical assets. Farmer types are thus a means to make sense of the complex relationships between multiple factors that can influence farmer behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, Department of Economic and Social SciencesBOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria