I have a new book out this week: “Changing Land Management: Adoption of New Practices by Rural Landholders”, published by CSIRO Publishing, co-edited with Frank Vanclay from the University of Groningen.
There is a rich and extensive history of research into factors that encourage farmers to change their land management practices, or inhibit them from doing so. Yet this research is often under-utilised in practice. Changing Land Management provides key insights from past and cutting-edge research to support decision-makers as they attempt to influence or assist rural communities adapting to changed circumstances, such as new technologies, new environmental imperatives, new market opportunities or changed climate.
Understanding the process of practice change by rural landholders is crucial for policy makers, agricultural researchers, extension agents, natural resource management bodies, non-government organisations and agricultural consultants. For example, such understanding can assist with the design and implementation of environmental programs, with the prioritisation of agricultural research and with commercial ventures.
Common themes are the need for an appreciation of the diversity of land managers and their contexts, of the diversity of factors that influence land-management decisions, and of the challenges that face government programs that are intended to change land management.
- Changing land management: multiple perspectives on a multifaceted issue
David J. Pannell and Frank Vanclay
- Understanding and promoting adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders
David J. Pannell, Graham R. Marshall, Neil Barr, Allan Curtis, Frank Vanclay and Roger Wilkinson
- The many meanings of adoption
- Social principles for agricultural extension in facilitating the adoption of new practices
- Identifying potential adopters of an agricultural innovation
Geoff Kaine, Vic Wright, Ray Cooksey and Denise Bewsell
- Identifying and targeting adoption drivers
Rick S. Llewellyn
- Enabling change in family farm businesses
Amabel Fulton and Frank Vanclay
- What ‘community’ means for farmer adoption of conservation practices
Graham R. Marshall
- I hope you are feeling uncomfortable now: role conflict and the natural resources extension officer
- Counting women into agriculture
- Bridging the gap between policy and management of natural resources
Allan Curtis and Emily Mendham
- Policy perspectives on changing land management
David J. Pannell
The book may be ordered from:
Ph: 1300 788 000
Recommended retail price is $79.95.
If you are interested in this book, you might also like to check out http://www.ruralpracticechange.org/. It includes videos, audio podcasts, and PowerPoint filesfrom a National Symposium on this topic, including contributions by most of the authors of the new book.
David Pannell, The University of Western Australia