African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Multifunctionality of Iran’s Agriculture: A researchers’ perspective

 Amirhossein Alibaygi1*, Mousa Aazami2, Mehrdad Pouya3 and Gholamreza Borzu1
   1Agricultural Extension and Rural development Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran. 2Agricultural Extension and Education Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran. 3Head of Agricultural Extension and Education Department, Nahavand Higher Education Complex, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran.  
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  •  Accepted: 06 February 2012
  •  Published: 26 March 2012

Abstract

The main purpose of this descriptive enquiry was to investigate Kermanshah’s agricultural researchers’ opinions towards multifunctionality of Iran’s agriculture. Multifunctionality as a term was invented to sum up diverse aspects of agriculture in an attempt to be systemic and prevent potential conflicts and damages caused by reductionist interventions in this area. A total of 105 researchers were selected through a process of stratified random sampling. and its face- and content validity was established by a panel of experts. Reliability of the instrument was calculated using Cronbach's alpha and proved to be at 0.88. Data were collecated and analyzed by SPSS software. Generally speaking, production was emphasized on to be currently the most important functionality of Iran’s agriculture, far greater than environmental or even cultural issues, according to researchers’ opinions.
 
 Key words: Multifunctionality, agriculture, Iran, opinions.