African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6363

Full Length Research Paper

Adoption rate of sustainable agricultural practices: A focus on Malaysia’s vegetable sector for research implications

Yeong Sheng Tey1,5*, Elton Li1, Johan Bruwer1, Amin Mahir Abdullah2, Jay Cummins3, Alias Radam4, Mohd Mansor Ismail2,5 and Suryani Darham5    
1School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, the University of Adelaide, PMB 1, Glen Osmond, South Australia 5064, Australia. 2Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. 3Global Food and Agri-Systems Development, Rural Solutions SA, Level 8, 101 Grenfell Street, South Australia 5001, Australia. 4Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. 5Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
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  •  Accepted: 02 May 2012
  •  Published: 19 May 2012

Abstract

Sustainable agriculture practices (SAPs) have been widely promoted to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems. The promotion of SAPs is intended to encourage their voluntary adoption. Therefore, the development of sustainable agriculture can be understood through the adoption rate of recommended SAPs. However, little is known about the progress of sustainable agriculture, particularly in Asian countries. To fill part of the knowledge gap, this exploratory study identifies, as a starting point, the current adoption rate of SAPs in the Malaysian vegetable sector. Because the information is not officially collected, a synthesis of ground level information was conducted through a focus group discussion with the Department of Agriculture. The findings suggest that there are varied adoption rates across SAPs. The outputs also point out that the adoption of SAPs is currently at a low level, like most countries. The phenomenon should be investigated from a multi-disciplinary perspective within agricultural systems, integrating (1) socio-economic factors, (2) agro-ecological factors, (3) institutional factors, (4) informational factors, (5) perceived characteristics, and (6) behavioral attributes. By such means, future investigations should be based on a system-orientated integrative framework.

 

Key words: Sustainable agricultural practices, adoption rate, Malaysia, vegetable sector.