The paper presents 4Agro, a new model for the assessment of environmental, social and economic sustainability of farms. The framework is based on a set of 42 indicators. The process has involved the following steps: identification of the most relevant variables that characterizes sustainability performances of farms, choice of the appropriate indicators, assignment of their range scores, data collection, calculation of the score for each farm and their visualization by graphic representation. The case study was represented by fifty farms from the South Milan Agricultural Park (Northern Italy). The method allows a comparison among farms or homogeneous groups of them, showing the sensitivity to their characteristics and farmers’ choices. The research shows the framework of 4Agro and discusses some relevant points related to the selection and weighting of indicators.

Ranking farms using quantitative indicators of sustainability : the 4Agro method / M. Bertocchi, E. Demartini, M..E. Marescotti. - In: PROCEDIA: SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 1877-0428. - 223(2016 Jun 10), pp. 726-732. ((Intervento presentato al 2. convegno International symposium New metropolitan perspectives - Strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools tenutosi a Reggio Calabria (Italy) nel 2016 [10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.05.249].

Ranking farms using quantitative indicators of sustainability : the 4Agro method

M. Bertocchi;E. Demartini;M..E. Marescotti
2016-06-10

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The paper presents 4Agro, a new model for the assessment of environmental, social and economic sustainability of farms. The framework is based on a set of 42 indicators. The process has involved the following steps: identification of the most relevant variables that characterizes sustainability performances of farms, choice of the appropriate indicators, assignment of their range scores, data collection, calculation of the score for each farm and their visualization by graphic representation. The case study was represented by fifty farms from the South Milan Agricultural Park (Northern Italy). The method allows a comparison among farms or homogeneous groups of them, showing the sensitivity to their characteristics and farmers’ choices. The research shows the framework of 4Agro and discusses some relevant points related to the selection and weighting of indicators.
sustainability assessment; indicators; environment; society; economy
Settore AGR/01 - Economia ed Estimo Rurale
Osservatorio economico-ambientale per l 'innovazione del Parco Agricolo Sud Milano
PROCEDIA: SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
LaborEst . Estimation and Economic Appraisal Lab
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