My PhD research focuses on forecasting farmers' adoption behavior and estimating economic feasibility of an innovative crop and soil health promoter - insect waste streams.
Background & Objectives:
Agricultural innovations are vital for achieving more responsible and sustainable food production. As an example, the waste generated from insect production (i.e. insects’ molted skin, manure, and undigested feed) has demonstrated the ability to promote the health of crops and soil in preliminary and ongoing research. Experts expect that insect waste streams (IWS) will be able to reduce the need for farmers to use chemically-based plant protection products. Assuming IWS is one day able to be sold as a crop and soil health promoter, its success (or failure) in the market will be heavily dependent on farmers’ decision making behavior and its economic feasibility.
I am currently conducting research with the following objectives:
(1) to determine why Dutch farmers use the crop and soil protection/health promoting products that they do,
(2) to identify farmers' perceptions of and intentions to use insect waste streams, and
(3) to calculate the expected net change in profit of using IWS as a fertilizer and health promoting input on Dutch conventional and organic arable farms.