Centre for Rural Economy

Nur Bahiah Mohamed Haris

Nur Bahiah Mohamed Haris

Factors Influencing the Decision to Adopt Organic Farming Practices in Malaysia.

Email: N.B.B.Mohamed-Haris1@newcastle.ac.uk

Supervisors: Guy Garrod, Dr Amy Proctor and Dr Menelaos Gkartzios

Project overview

Malaysian communities have recently become aware about of the benefits of organic food and the advantages into their health. Besides, organic food also may contribute to the improvement of food production and quality that will lead to the sustainable agriculture development as well as food security.However, there are limited supplies from farmers and there is an urgency to import organic food from other countries.

A lot of researches and approaches that had been proposed by Malaysian government to promote the organic farming practices. In this study, the Theory of Interpersonal Behavior (TIB) and the Theory of Adoption of Innovation (DOI) will be used in order to determine the organic farming adoption decision. The data will be gathered through mix method, where both qualitative and quantitative method will be taken place.

The sampling will rely on a farmers list registered with the Department of Agriculture Malaysia, and most of them are involve with the organic vegetables farming practices. Since Tiraieyari (2014) also highlighted that organic farming and sustainable agriculture are not really implement by majority farmers and, in fact, the percentage of organic farmers in Malaysia is very small, there is a dire need to focus on the organic farming practices for future sustainable development. The result of this study will perhaps influence other farmers to involve in organic, and at the same time will highlight the indicators of a successful organic farmer who involve directly with organic farming practices.