In Indonesia, farmland is necessary to meet increasing food demand caused by continuing population growth (WFP, 2009). Import restriction of rice (Kemendag, 2008) and progressive farmland conversion (BPS, 2003) have made the achievement of self sufficient rice so challenging. To secure rice production, farmland as main production capital must be preserved. In addition, sustainable agriculture must be adopted (Deptan, 2012). Scholars have found driving forces of farmland ownership change (Poeta et al, 2012; Tan et al, 2009; Bunce, 1985). Honestly, those ignore the personal driving forces. Hence, this study aims to investigate farm land owner's decisions regarding regional growth and sustainable agriculture by using Repertory Grid Technique (RGT).RGT, developed by Kelly (1955), consists of elements (research's topic) and constructs (interpretation of elements) which allows eliciting unobserved variables by mapping personal cognition of the respondents. This study was applied RGT to indigenous farm owners of Indonesia by eliciting own driving forces (construct) of six given decisions (elements). The constructs were limited to land owner profile, sustainable agriculture (community and social condition), spatial aspects (farmland conversion and accessibility), and economic aspects. By using principal component analysis, first component relates to buying (0.763) and converting (-0.792). Leasing (0.739) is located close to joint farming (0.687). Further, component plot shows that group of long-lasting farmland (i.e. buying, joint farming, and keep farming) is in the first quadrant while vulnerable farmland (i.e. converting, selling, and leasing) is in the fourth quadrant. It implies that passive farmers would work as trigger of land use change.
Arrohman Taufiq Hidayat, Kyoto University, Japan
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