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Sustainable development of agriculture: contribution of farm-level assessment tools

Agriculture contributes significantly to the emission of greenhouse gases and increasingly competes for natural resources. Sustainability assessment tools were compared in practice to gain insight into practical requirements, procedures and relevance perceived by farmers. This research revealed critical factors in farmers’ perception of tool relevance.

Promovendus ms. EM (Evelien) de Olde MSc
Promotor prof.dr.ir. IJM (Imke) de Boer
Copromotor dr.ir. EAM (Eddy) Bokkers
Copromotor dr.ir. FW Oudshoorn
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS), Animal Production Systems
Datum

vr 28 april 2017 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Agriculture contributes significantly to the emission of greenhouse gases and increasingly competes for natural resources such as water, land and fossil energy. Moreover, concerns are raised regarding the economic viability of agriculture, and the impact on public health and animal welfare. During her PhD, Evelien de Olde compared tools that assess the environmental, economic and social performance of farms. Information derived from these tools could help farmers to identify opportunities to improve their sustainability performance. Sustainability assessment tools were compared in practice to gain insight into practical requirements, procedures and relevance perceived by farmers. Moreover, an in-depth comparison of four tools was made to study the reliability and validity of assessment results.

The research findings contribute to the understanding of challenges involved in assessing sustainability in practice. The research revealed critical factors in farmers’ perception of tool relevance and can be used to improve current approaches to assess sustainability at farm level.