Assessment of Pesticide Use Reduction Strategies for Thai Highland Agriculture: Combining Econometrics and Agent-based Modelling (Development Economic

Assessment of Pesticide Use Reduction Strategies for Thai Highland Agriculture: Combining Econometrics and Agent-based Modelling (Development Economic

By: Christian Cornelius Wilhelm Grovermann (author)Hardback

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This study combines econometrics and agent-based modelling to evaluate the impacts of a range of pesticide use reduction strategies in the context of Thai highland agriculture. Pesticide productivity and pesticide overuse are quantified, while determinants of the adoption of innovations in pesticide use reduction are estimated. On that basis, the Mathematical Programming-based Multi Agent System (MPMAS), a bio-economic simulation model, is used to ex-ante assess the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in combination with a series of market-based instruments that boost the transition to more sustainable pest control practices. The MPMAS simulation results demonstrate that, over five years, it is possible to bring down levels of pesticide use significantly without income trade-offs for farm agents. A proportional tax, increasing the price of synthetic pesticides by 50% on average, together with bio-pesticide subsidies for IPM proves to be the most cost-effective and practicable policy package. IPM practices are adopted by up to 75% of farm agents and pesticide use reductions reach up to 34%.

About Author

Christian C. W. Grovermann holds an MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technische Universitat Munchen and holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim (Germany). He currently works as an Associate Agricultural Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. His main research interests include agri-environmental policy, impact assessment, sustainable agriculture and agricultural innovation systems.

Contents

Contents: Combination of econometrics and agent-based modelling - Assessment of the impacts of pesticide use reduction strategies in the context of Thai highland agriculture - Significant pesticide use reduction possible without income trade-offs for farm agents - Policy package with pesticide taxes plus bio-pesticide subsidies for IPM most cost-effective and practicable.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783631657843
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 197
  • ID: 9783631657843
  • weight: 410
  • ISBN10: 3631657846
  • edition: New edition

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