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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Shaima Chowdhury Sharna

Advancing the Understanding of Farmers' Perception, Adoption and Willingness to Pay for Sustainable Soil Management Practices in the Face of Climate Change.
09 NOV 2022
2.00 PM - 3.30 PM

Soil degradation is worsening over time and increasingly posing challenges to achieve many SDGs. Therefore, maintaining a good biophysical soil condition is essential which is possible through appropriate practices including Sustainable Soil Management Practices (SSMP). However, there are many questions to be explored regarding SSMP. For instance, what farmers perceive about the impact of SSMP and how these factors affect SSMP adoption. Besides, adoption over a period of time and climate change as the determining factors have been unexplored yet along with how much subsidy is required to motivate SSMP adoption. This study will fulfill these global research gaps by using Bangladeshi rice farmers as the case. Primary data will be collected from the three districts which are experiencing the most prominent climate hazards of the country, namely, flood, salinity and drought. Firstly, farmers' perception on the impact of SSMP along with how those factors affect SSMP adoption will be assessed. Secondly, a panel dataset will be constructed from Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey (BIHS)-2020, 2016 and 2022 to analyze the continuous SSMP adoption over time along with the effect of climate hazards on adoption decision. After that, technical efficiency of the adopter and non-adopter of SSMP will be measured and compared through using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) technique which will provide the unbiased impact of SSMP on farm efficiency. At last, willingness to pay for SSMP will be assessed through Contingent Valuation method and will be compared with the actual cost of SSMP to measure the required subsidy to promote SSMP adoption. Therefore, this study will contribute to promote SSMP to ensure adaptation to climate change and ensure soil conservation for assuring food security and achieve many of the SDGs.

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