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Renewable Energy Use in Smallholder Farming Systems: A Case Study in Tafresh Township of Iran

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dc.contributor.author Fami, Hosain Shabanali
dc.contributor.author Ghasemi, Javad
dc.contributor.author Malekipoor, Rahil
dc.contributor.author Rashidi, Parinaz
dc.contributor.author Nazari, Saeede
dc.contributor.author Mirzaee, Arezoo
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-23T18:34:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-23T18:34:44Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6383
dc.description.abstract "This study was conducted to investigate use of renewable energy and materials in smallholder farming system of the Tafresh township of Iran. The population of the study consisted of 2,400 small farmers working in the smallholder farming systems of the area, in which 133 people were selected as sample using Cochran formula and simple random sampling technique. In order to gather the information, a questionnaire was developed for the study and validated by the judgment of the experts in agricultural development and extension. The reliability of the main scales of the questionnaire was examined by Cronbach Alpha coefficients, which ranged from 0.7 to 0.93, indicating the tool of study is reliable. The findings revealed that the majority of the respondents use renewable energy and materials directly in its traditional forms without enabling technologies, and they lack the access to renewable technologies to improve the efficiency of energy use. They preferred fossil energy for many activities due to its lower cost and ease of access. The overall conclusion is that there are potentials and capacities for using renewable energies and materials in the farming systems of the Tafresh township. The government has to support and encourage the adoption of renewable technologies and abandon fossil fuels wherever possible." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject energy en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject smallholders en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.title Renewable Energy Use in Smallholder Farming Systems: A Case Study in Tafresh Township of Iran en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Iran en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Sustainability en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 702-716 en_US

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