THE MOTIVATION OF URBAN AGRICULTURE PRACTICE – THE CASE OF LATVIA

Dobele, M.; Zvirbule, A.; Dobele, A.
Abstract:
Urban agriculture has become increasingly topical in recent years due to both social trends and challenges of sustainable development. Although functions of the urban agriculture, especially economic and social, have been widely explored since the 1990s, the focus is mostly on regions where urban agriculture practices are strategies for survival and basic food security or on highly metropolitan cities, with little focus on countries and cities with a relatively medium or even low population density, thus excluding a significant proportion of countries and practical examples. The aim of the research is to analyse the motivation of urban agricultural practice, determining the population of Latvia as the object of the research. To achieve the aim, following tasks have been set: 1) to identify and classify the main aspects influencing the motivation of urban agriculture; 2) to analyse the motivation of urban agriculture in Latvia, to determine aspects forming it and to analyse influencing factors. To perform tasks and to achieve the aim, the monographic and descriptive method was used for the systematic theoretical review, methods of analysis, synthesis and deduction – for gathering information, identifying and classifying motivational aspects. A sociological questionnaire was developed for the analysis of the motivation of the Latvian population, based on the motivation aspects identified and classified in a result of the theoretical discussion. Results of the study prove that urban agriculture in Latvia is mostly practiced in the form of micro-agriculture for self-consumption. However, there are no dominant groups of aspects influencing the motivation - the motivation of the population with different intensity is influenced by both political and environmental, as well as social and economic aspects.
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
urban agriculture; motivation; functions; Latvia
Editor:
• Prof. DSc. Oleksandr Trofymchuk, UKRAINE • Prof. Dr. hab. oec. Baiba Rivza, LATVIA
Volume:
21
SGEM Book title:
21st International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2021
Book number:
6.2
SGEM Series:
SGEM International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference
Pages:
213-222
Publisher address:
51 Al. Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; Croatian Acad Sci
Period:
7 - 10 December, 2021
ISBN:
978-619-7603-36-1
ISSN:
1314-2704
Conference:
21st International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2021, 7 - 10 December, 2021
DOI:
10.5593/sgem2021V/6.2/s27.32
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