Multidimensional assessment of smallholder farming systems’ sustainability

Shalander, K and Pramanik, S and Descheemaeker, K and Gupta, L and Whitbread, A M (2021) Multidimensional assessment of smallholder farming systems’ sustainability. In: International Conference on Agricultural Economics, August 17-31, 2021, Netherlands.

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A holistic systems-oriented approach is strongly recommended to address the intractable challenges of complex smallholder farm and food systems in different ecologies, and cultures. In the present study, we have developed and piloted a multidimensional framework for assessing farming systems sustainability and resilience (FSSR) which is easily measurable and comparable. It considers five major sustainability domains: environmental, economic, productivity, social and human well-being. Further each domain is divided into different themes, sub-themes and indicators. The indicators have been finalized with rounds of stakeholders’ consultations involving farmers, researchers, development actors besides literature. We identified 115 measurable indicators: environmental (34), economic (29), productivity (12), social (25) and human well-being (15) in the final framework which are aggregated into an index with a maximum value of 100 representing the level of sustainability and resilience at different scales. In our case study the overall sustainability index scores ranged between 42 to 47 across farm types. The overall and domain level sustainability scores varied widely across individual households and farm types. The present framework could be very useful tool for researchers, development actors and institutions to identify entry points to design context-specific strategies to improve sustainability and resilience of farming systems in vulnerable regions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Global Research Program - Enabling Systems Transformation
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability assessment, Farming systems, Domains, Indicators, Overall sustainability index
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 09:23
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2021 08:32
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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