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Title: Measuring farm sustainability and explaining differences in sustainable efficiency
Authors: VAN PASSEL, Steven 
Nevens, F.
Mathijs, E.
Van Huylenbroeck, G.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: LannooCampus
Source: Henry De Frahan, B.; Lauwers, L.; Mathijs, E.; Verbeke, W. (Ed.). Agricultural Economics in Belgium – Diversity and Dynamics, p. 243-255
Abstract: A major objective of European agricultural policy is to have a sustainable and efficient farming sector that is applying environmentally-friendly production methods. Policy makers aim to combine a strong economic performance and a sustainable use of natural resources. Therefore it is important to measure and to assess farm sustainability. For a large dataset of Flemish dairy farms, a valuation method that is based on the concept of opportunity costs is used to calculate and analyze differences among the sample farms with respect to the creation of "sustainable value". But more important than measuring the creation of sustainable value is to analyze differences in sustainable efficiency. Therefore, sustainable efficiency measures are calculated and differences in sustainable efficiency are explained. Using panel data, an effect model captures the determinants of sustainable efficiency of the studied farms. the empirical model shows that, in general, larger farms have a higher sustainable efficiency. Also farmer's age and dependency on support payments proved to be determining characteristics for observed differences in sustainable efficiency.
Keywords: sustainability assessment; sustainability; efficiency; sustainable value; dairy farming; performance measurement
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ISBN: 9789020991444
Category: B2
Type: Book Section
Appears in Collections:Research publications

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