Farmer’s intention defining-beliefs on redundant farm buildings in the Netherlands – Qualitative approached with the Theory of Planned Behaviour

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The objective of this study was to identify which intention defining beliefs farmers have when they have to make a decision to restructure or not to restructure their redundant buildings, and to see whether the energy-transition could be a window of opportunity in this. To analyze the intention of the farmers, the Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a framework and conceptual model. For the research 5 farmers and 6 experts from the field were interviewed in order to gain a complete overview of the different beliefs, both by the farmers and their advisors. The results showed that most of the farmers have a low intention to restructure their redundant farm buildings, mainly because of the costs and their financial situation. It also showed that the farmers consider it more favorable to just see and wait because they firmly believe the government will eventually help them out. The farmers who did want to restructure their redundant buildings differ from the others in having the financial capacity to do the investments needed and they show a clear motivation, perspective or interest to start with the restructuring. The results of this study can contribute to finding a way to solve the problem with the vast amount of vacant farm buildings in the Netherlands.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen