NonCropShare Coordination Game

A coordination game for provision of insect-based ecosystem services

NonCropShare is an experimental field game, played by four players, that investigates how choices to maintain non-crop habitat or employ pesticides shift in response to changes in incentives. It is a form of coordination game.

NonCropShare is currently being employed in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China to evaluate what kinds of conditions lead farmers to move away from intensive pesticide use.

The current version of the NonCropShare program can be downloaded below, for use with NetLogo 5. All game outputs are saved in a .csv format. This version of NonCropShare is intended to be used on a set of Windows-8 tablets, linked across a wireless network. A previous version of the software, built in MATLAB for use on a single tablet, is available on request.

The versions below feature two different interfaces. In the ‘Master’ version, all game parameters are adjustable from the NetLogo interface, but users should read the NonCropShare Info tab carefully to understand the role of each setting. The ‘Enumerator’ version provides an example of a game interface used in experimental settings, with a set of easy-to-follow instructions for an enumeration team and few moving parts on the interface.

Current languages supported in NonCropShare are English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Khmer. For those who may wish to modify NonCropShare or add additional language support, or who would like to collaborate with IFPRI in a field experiment, please contact project authors Andrew Bell or Wei Zhang.

Please cite any use of this software as:  Bell, Andrew; Zhang, Wei; Bianchi, Felix; and vander Werf, Wopke. 2013. NonCropShare- a coordination game for provision of insect-based ecosystem services. IFPRI Biosight Program. Version 2 (September 29, 2014). Washington, D.C.: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

For an article on research that applied this game, please see:
Bell, A., Zhang, W., Nou, K., 2016. Pesticide use and cooperative management of natural enemy habitat in a framed field experiment. Agric. Syst. 143, 1–13. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2015.11.012

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  • NonCropShare Master for Netlogo 5 (September 29, 2014)
  • NonCropShare Enumerator for Netlogo 5 (September 29, 2014)
  • Sample Protocol for a NonCropShare Experiment
  • Image tiles for multi-language support
  • Sample experiment settings file
  • Sample handout for participants

Funded jointly by Biosight under CGIAR’s PIM Program, and under CGIAR’s WLE Program