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Natural resource management in agriculture: methods for assessing economic and environmental impacts.

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This book examines methodological difficulties and presents practical methods that can be used in the assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of natural resource management (NRM) in agriculture. Following an introduction, part II (chapters 2-5) examines the valuation of ecosystem services and the measurement of biophysical indicators of NRM impacts. Part III (chapters 6-8) introduces ...

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Assessing the economic and environmental impacts of conservation technologies: a farm-level bioeconomic modelling approach.

This chapter illustrates how a multiperiod bioeconomic household-level model, in which changes in resource quality have feedback effects on future land productivity, can be used to explore the economic and environmental impacts of natural resource management technologies and policies. This model is used to test the influence of land scarcity and asset poverty on incentives to undertake sustainability investments in Andit Tid, in the central highlands of Ethiopia. The results show how land scarcity could drive conservation investments, while poverty in vital assets such as oxen and labour could deter investments in land and water management. The welfare and environmental impacts are very modest but are highest when the conservation technology does not reduce short-term crop yields. Otherwise, the level of adoption of these technologies and their effects on poverty and soil degradation are significantly reduced even when family labour is not limiting.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Assessing the impacts of natural resource management interventions in agriculture: concepts, issues and challenges. Author(s): Freeman, H. A. Shiferaw, B. Swinton, S. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Valuation methods and approaches for assessing natural resource management impacts. Author(s): Shiferaw, B. Freeman, H. A. Navrud, S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 53) Measurable biophysical indicators for impact assessment: changes in soil quality. Author(s): Pathak, P. Sahrawat, K. L. Rego, T. J. Wani, S. P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 75) Measurable biophysical indicators for impact assessment: changes in water availability and quality. Author(s): Sahrawat, K. L. Padmaja, K. V. Pathak, P. Wani, S. P.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 97) Biophysical indicators of agro-ecosystem services and methods for monitoring the impacts of NRM technologies at different scales. Author(s): Wani, S. P. Piara Singh Dwivedi, R. S. Navalgund, R. R. Ramakrishna, A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 127) Econometric methods for measuring natural resource management impacts: theoretical issues and illustrations from Uganda. Author(s): Pender, J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 155) Assessing economic impacts of natural resource management using economic surplus. Author(s): Swinton, S. M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 175) Bioeconomic modelling for natural resource management impact assessment. Author(s): Holden, S. T.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 199) Valuing soil fertility change: selected methods and case studies. Author(s): Drechsel, P. Giordano, M. Enters, T.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 223) Evaluating the impacts of watershed management projects: a practical econometric approach. Author(s): Kerr, J. M. Chung, K. R.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 245) Assessing economic and environmental impacts of NRM technologies: an empirical application using the economic surplus approach. Author(s): Bantilan, M. C. S. Anupama, K. V. Joshi, P. K.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 295) Assessing the impacts of natural resource management policy interventions with a village general equilibrium model. Author(s): Holden, S. T. Lofgren, H.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 321) The concept of integrated natural resource management (INRM) and its implications for developing evaluation methods. Author(s): Douthwaite, B. Ekboir, J. M. Twomlow, S. J. Keatinge, J. D. H.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 341) NRM impact assessment in the CGIAR: meeting the challenge and implications for CGIAR centres. Author(s): Kelley, T. G. Gregersen, H. M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 361) Towards comprehensive approaches in assessing NRM impacts: what we know and what we need to know. Author(s): Swinton, S. M. Shiferaw, B. Freeman, H. A.