Agricultural entrepreneurs, and the food sector as a whole, innovate production systems under social pressure to increase quality, food safety, sustainability, animal welfare, etc.
They act under conditions of legal, economic, physical, and ecological constraints. For policy making, a good understanding of the effects of complex interactions between entrepreneurs and other stakeholders is crucial. Other stakeholders include supply chain partners, national and local authorities, veterinary and phytosanitary services, political parties, and public organizations (e.g., consumers, environment, animal welfare).
This project aims development and application of empirically grounded agent-based models in policy analysis and support in the domain of Wageningen UR. It focuses on decisions for policy making with respect to the sustainable production of safe and healthy food. Consequences of decisions in this field may be hard to predict due to the complex interactions of agricultural entrepreneurs with each other, with the environment, and with other stakeholders. Agentbased models taking these interactions into account may help to improve insight in potential consequences of alternative decisions.
Agent-based simulation of competing sustainability enhancing strategies for the pork supply chain
Comparing two sensitivity analysis approaches for two scenarios with a spatially explicit rural agent-based model
Environmental Modelling & Software 54 (2014)April. - ISSN 1364-8152 - p. 196 - 210.
Cross-validation of Gaming Simulation and Multi-agent Simulation
In: Perspectives on Culture and Agent-based Simulations / , Dignum, V., Dignum, F.. - Dordrecht : Springer Science+Business Media (Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality 3) - ISBN 9783319019512 - 323 p.
Diergezondheid en voedselveiligheid blijven mensenwerk (deel I)
Hygieia 2014 (2014)2. - p. 12 - 13.
Diergezondheid en voedselveiligheid blijven mensenwerk (deel II)
Hygieia 2014 (2014)3. - p. 10 - 12.
Dynamics of system innovation towards robust pork production in The Netherlands
Evaluating Scenarios for Upgrading Sustainability of the Meat Supply Chain
In: Advances in Artificial Economics / , Amblard, F., Miguel, F.J., Blanchet, A., Benoit, G.. - Heidelberg : Springer (Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems 676) - ISBN 9783319095776
Evaluating agri-environmental schemes using a spatially explicit agent-based modelling approach
In: Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Policies: Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies. - Paris : OECD - ISBN 9789264179332 - p. 171 - 184.
How Social Unrest Started Innovations in Food Supply Chains: Simulation of Opinion Dynamics
Lifting the Veil of Social Unrest about Food: The Dynamics behind Transitions in Food Chains