Statistical analysis of current ICLS adoption
(PIs: Rachael Garrett, Juliana Gil)
In this study we analyze the regional factors (transportation costs, supply chain infrastructure, and biophysical conditions) that influence ICLS adoption in different regions using spatial statistics. Our first results out of Brazil show that ICLS adoption is associated with higher levels of knowledge and proximity to specific supply chain infrastructure elements for crop and livestock production. On average, ICLS adopters are more educated and enjoy better access to technical assistance and sector information than specialized farmers or ranchers. Most ICLS farms are concentrated near established soy areas and greater similarity exists between counties with ICLS and soy-dominant counties vs. pasture-dominant counties. Finally, the presence of soy and pasture in a region does not predict ICLS occurrence, revealing that the dissemination of ICLS involves unique drivers and constraints.