Fostering cooperation between farmers and public and private actors to expand environmentally friendly rice cultivation: intermediary functions and farmers’ perspectives

Tomoya Kishioka, Shizuka Hashimoto, Maiko Nishi, Osamu Saito, Ryo Kohsaka

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Abstract

This study investigates the intermediary functions and the farmers’ perspectives in the development and implementation of agri-environmental schemes in Shiga Prefecture of Japan by employing the innovation journey analysis and the statistical analysis. The innovation journey analysis demonstrates that the prefectural government served as an ‘innovation intermediary’ to: (1) provide a clear vision of sustainable agriculture for farmers and other actors, (2) create and reinforce both technological and market niches and (3) develop actor networks involving local actors. It also identifies the following roles of the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JAs) and the specialist wholesaler as innovation intermediaries to: (1) develop new farming materials such as fertilizers, (2) translate and deliver practical farming knowledge for farmers and (3) establish the market of environmental-friendly rice. Statistical analysis uncovers that farmers more appreciated the supports from the JAs than those from other intermediaries to participate in the schemes. Complemented by the innovation journey analysis, our findings suggest that the keys to increasing farmers’ participation in the schemes include a clear vision and economic incentives for farmers as well as the coordination among intermediaries who have different expertise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-612
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 3

Keywords

  • Environmentally friendly agriculture
  • agri-environmental scheme
  • agricultural innovation system
  • innovation journey analysis
  • intermediaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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