Original Article Decision-making
1. Identification of Strategies for Sustainable Development of Rice Production in Guilan Province Using SWOT Analysis

Mohsen Shafieyan Estahbanati; Mehdi Homayounfar; Mehdi Fadaei

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 141-153

Abstract
  Sustainable development is one of the most important issues that can be considered from different aspects and in different contexts including sustainable agriculture. This study aimed to investigate the main strategies related to sustainable development of rice production as an important agricultural ...  Read More

Original Article
2. Factors Affecting the Development and Strengthening of Rural Women Enterprises in Iran

Reza Movahedi; Masoud Samian; Ahmad Yaghoubi Frani; Khalil Mirzaei

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 155-164

Abstract
  Given the importance of women's participation and taking advantage of their ability, it is essential that a systematic and strategic plan should be organized in this area. Undoubtedly, planning for the development of the specific associations of rural women can be an effective step to increase their ...  Read More

Original Article Farm Management
3. Global GAP Standard Compliance and Profitability: A Case Study of Smallholder Pineapple Farmers in Akuapem South of Ghana

Prince Baah Annor

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 165-177

Abstract
  The present study examined the perception of smallholder pineapple farmers on Global GAP standard compliance, assessed compliant farmers’ rate of adherence to standard requirements, and compared the average farm profit of Global GAP compliant and non-compliant pineapple farmers in Akuapem South ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
4. Organic Agriculture: Food for Future Green Consumers in Iran

Yalda Rahmati Ghofrani; Mohammad Taleghani; Ebrahim Chirani

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 179-189

Abstract
  The aim of this paper was investigating the effects of organic knowledge, perceived consequences, subjective norms,price, and green trust, perceived consumer effectiveness, availability, relative advantage, and organic purchase intention on organic purchase behavior among Iranian consumers ...  Read More

Original Article Decision-making
5. Development and Validation of Sustainable Aquaculture Indicators: Case of Alborz Dam Basin, Mazandaran, Iran

Ehsan Gholifar; Enayat Abbasi; Gholamreza Pezeshki Rad; Hassan Salehi; Abdolmotalleb Rezaei

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 191-199

Abstract
  The present study was conducted to examine the development and validation of sustainable indicators related to aquaculture as a social-ecological system. By reviewing the literature, it was found about 148 indicators related to sustainable aquaculture in economic (market-oriented and responsive aquaculture, ...  Read More

Original Article Farming Systems
6. Advantages and Disadvantages of Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) in Iran: A Study Based on Breeders' Perceptions

Amir Naeimi; Mostafa Karbasioun; Fatemeh Abbasi

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 201-209

Abstract
  The purpose of this study was to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB). Seventy-six breeders were randomly selected from among 95 breeders who were working at the Seed and Plant Improvement Institute, Karaj, Iran. Data were collected by a questionnaire as ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
7. Promoting Entrepreneurial Behavior among Agricultural Students: A Two-Step Approach to Structural Equation Modeling

Nematollah Shiri; Ali Asghar Mirakzadeh; Kiumars Zarafshani

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 211-221

Abstract
  Increasing rate of unemployment among the graduates of Iranian higher agricultural education system has been developed into one of the major socio-economic problems of the nation. Entrepreneurship is one of the most important factors contributing to economic and social development, ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
8. The Effects of Educational, Extension, and Research Factors on the Development of Medicinal Plants in Markazi Province of Iran

Seyed Davood Hajimirrahimi

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 223-236

Abstract
  The main objective of this study was identifying the effects of educational, extension and research factors on the development of medicinal plants in Markazi Province of Iran. The statistical population included all managers, extension agents and experts involved in medicinal plants in Markazi Province ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
9. Impact of Energy Subsidies Elimination on Technology Gap Ratio in Cucumber Production

Reza Esfanjari kenari; Zohre Karami; Seyadeh Sedighe Ahmadzade

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 237-244

Abstract
  This paper presents an analysis of technical efficiency and technology gap ratio (TGR) in greenhouse cucumber in Fars Province, Iran. Cucumber production was chosen for this study for the reason that greenhouse productions in this provincemainly have focused on this product. The data used ...  Read More

Original Article Strategic planning
10. The Effect of Raising Electricity Price on Welfare of the Household Sector in Rural Areas of Guilan Province, Iran

Hossian Salehi; Esfandiar Doshman Ziari; Mohammad Sadegh Ziaei

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 245-255

Abstract
  Present study investigates the effect of soaring residential electricity price on the welfare of rural individuals in Guilan Province by Almost Ideal Demand System (AIDS) in which the elasticity’s and welfare variations were calculated by Compensation Variations (CV) and Equivalent Variations (EV) ...  Read More

Original Article Farm Management
11. An Empirical Analysis of Vertical Integration Determinants among Peasant Farmers in Northern Algeria

Mohamed Amine Benmehaia; Fatima Brabez

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 257-266

Abstract
  This study aims to analyze the determinants of vertical integration (ownership and contract-ing) among peasant farmers in Northern Algeria. The choice of asset control is between ownership and a simple contracting. Thus, the integration of vertical stages of agricultural produc-tion leads to higher gross ...  Read More

Original Article Farm Management
12. Factors Affecting Land Allocation to Saffron and its Expansion in Marand County, Iran

Kolsoum Azizi Mizab; Azadeh Falsafian

Volume 7, Issue 2 , Spring 2017, Pages 267-273

Abstract
  Currently, water, as the most limiting factor in production, determines the priority of planting in different areas of Iran. Saffron is one of the good candidates for drought conditions since it has high economic value and low water requirements that can help with sustainable development. By identifying ...  Read More