PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2022, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (11): 2165-2177.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2022.11.014

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A review of farmers’ conservation tillage technology adoption behavior and influencing factors

GUO Fen1,2(), JIN Jianjun1,2,*(), ZHANG Chenyang1,2, HE Rui1,2, QIU Xin1,2   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. College of Natural Resources, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2022-03-27 Revised:2022-06-07 Online:2022-11-28 Published:2023-01-28
  • Contact: JIN Jianjun;
  • Supported by:
    Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition Program(2019QZKK0608)


Conservation tillage plays an important role in preventing soil erosion, improving soil quality, and ensuring food security. As farmers are the direct decision makers of conservation tillage technology adoption, studying their adoption behavior and influencing factors can help promote the application of conservation tillage technology. In order to provide a reference for a more effective promotion of conservation tillage technology, this article summarized the research on farmers' conservation tillage technology adoption behavior and influencing factors in China and internationally through a systematic analysis. The results show that different types of farmers have great differences in their adoption behavior of conservation tillage technology. The research area of farmers' adoption of conservation tillage technology is relatively concentrated. The factors that influence farmers' technology adoption behavior mainly include basic factors and differential factors. Based on these analyses, further research directions and outlooks are proposed. They include taking into account the heterogeneity within the farmer group, focusing on the integration of research theories, and strengthening interdisciplinary comprehensive and systematic research.

Key words: farmers, conservation tillage technology, adoption behavior, heterogeneity, comprehensiveness