Methods and Procedures for Building Sustainable Farming by Ana Alexandra Marta-Costa, Emiliana L. D. G. Soares da Silva

By Ana Alexandra Marta-Costa, Emiliana L. D. G. Soares da Silva

Showing how the strategy of sustainability overview performs a key function in deciding on the easiest agricultural effective mode, this booklet publications the reader during the means of picking, from one of the a variety of techniques for construction farming structures, the strategy of decision-making that may bring about the main acceptable final result, given the context. Case experiences hail from polities as assorted as Portugal and Canada, Argentina and Lebanon. The paintings therefore deals a necessary severe survey of the evaluation equipment that account for sustainability and economics, and that have built significantly within the final twenty years. The heterogeneous methods coated right here make this quantity acceptable for session in a wide selection of social, political and geographical contexts.

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2010) and Binder 2005). The analysis and comparison allow for highlighting advantages and disadvantages of the methods and pointing out trade-offs and opportunities for improving the practice of sustainability assessment in agriculture. 1 depicts the assessment process and how the normative, systemic and procedural dimensions are interlinked. g. participatory, transdisciplinary, expert input) are determined. This step, to a large extent, drives the normative and systemic aspects such as the sustainability concept chosen and system representation.

In the prerequisite phase are defined, in a consensus-building process, the goals to be assessed. A sufficient system description is provided in the systemic module by selecting indicators and analyzing interlinkages among them. The second module aims to define sustainability ranges for each of the selected indicators: this is a minimum and maximum value according to the selected criteria and incorporates the scientific judgments, values, and preferences of stakeholders. Finally, the integrative module combines the systemic and normative modules and provides a SSP for the agricultural sector of a defined region.

3. Research has so far focused on filling important gaps in knowledge and technology, but has omitted to include the step towards utilization and implementation of this knowledge (Rossing et al. 2007). 4. The assessment results themselves are difficult to implement in decision-making, as conflicting goals and the interaction between indicators have not been sufficiently considered (Morse et al. 2001). As many different approaches exist, which differ in terms of, for example, goal, methods and assessment procedure, different performances are expected, with respect of the four above-mentioned shortcomings.

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