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Title: Maltese full-time, arable farmers’ perceptions on sustainable development
Authors: Zahra, Jessica (2020)
Keywords: Sustainable agriculture -- Malta
Sustainable development -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Agriculture -- Malta
Farmers -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Zahra, J. (2020). Maltese full-time, arable farmers’ perceptions on sustainable development (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: Farming is an integral part of sustainability. The agricultural products farmers grow help to maintain an ever increasing world population. Nonetheless, over the past years, farmers may have adopted some unsustainable practices, which have helped increase their yield and guarantee better income. At what cost has this been done? This thesis presents a local analysis of farming and sustainability in Malta by analysing farmers’ knowledge of their agricultural practices through their life experiences. Additionally, it aims to understand farmers’ perceptions on sustainable development and to seek the most viable means of moving towards more sustainable agricultural practices. A special emphasis is given to explore the farmers’ attitudes in view of sustainable development, whether they are willing to implement sustainable strategies and promote a change in mindsets and current unsustainable practices. A mixed methods approach was deemed the most viable means of obtaining a clear and thorough picture of the farming situation amongst full-time, arable farmers on the Islands. This involved the use of both questionnaires (n=168) and interviews (n=12) which were conducted to gain as many farmers’ opinions and perspectives as possible. The findings of this study revealed that although the majority of farmers already practice some sustainable measures in their farming practices, there is still work to be done. The interviews were able to reveal the reality behind the everyday farming practices in Malta and Gozo, providing farmers with a means of voicing their opinions of current farming issues, such as the use of artificial chemicals and extraction of groundwater. Through the research findings, a number of recommendations are suggested to aid farming practices become more sustainable. The results from this research will help policy makers in the agricultural sector to seek the best means to collaborate with farmers and to give them the opportunity to voice their opinions and to help in the designing of a training programme for farmers that utilise Education for Sustainable Development principles.
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