African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6859

Full Length Research Paper

Barriers to conversion to organic farming: A case study in Babol County in Iran

Omid Sharifi1 , Seyed Abolhasan Sadati2, Farahnaz Rostami Ghobadi3, Seyed Abolghasem Sadati*4, Yaser Mohamadi2 and Parastoo Taher Tolou Del2
1Faculty of Agriculture, Jiroft university, Iran. 2Department of Agricultural Management and Development, Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Development, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran 3Faculty Member, University of Razi Kermanshah, Iran. 4Islamic Azad University, Hendijan Center, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 13 May 2010
  •  Published: 18 August 2010


Organic farming offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional agricultural production and its adoption is not an easy option for farmers, since it carries several barriers with it. The main purpose of this study was to identify these barriers in Babol County in Iran. A sample size of 150 farmers was selected for this research by using simple random sampling method. The result of factor analysis showed that major barriers or obstacles to the adoption of organic farming between farmers were: productive, natural, attitude and knowledge, infrastructural, institutional and economical barriers. These factors explained about 68% of the total variance of the research variables.


Key words: Organic farming, conversion, barriers, factor analysis, Babol, Iran.