Adoption of sustainable management practices in oil palm plantations by smallholder farmers in Sumatra, Indonesia

The acknowledgement of major ecological threats due to palm oil plantations has led to the development of sustainability management practices. Biodiverse and properly functioning landscapes are essential to provide ecosystem services that benefit human well-being. Additionally, sustainable management practices have proven to support yield increases if performed correctly. However, as they are not legally binding the adoption rate of these practices can still be improved. Therefore, the objective of this study will be to assess the adoption rate of certain sustainable management practices among Indonesian smallholder farmers in Sumatra, Indonesia. Thereby, factors influencing farmers decision to adopt certain sustainable practices will be identified. The underlying data was collected in 2016. 790 farmers from 36 different villages, native and transmigrant, were examined.