Crop-Livestock / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Intensification

Method for assessing the appropriate tradeoffs for sustainability: Case of smallholder farming systems in Ethiopian highlands

Global population growth will require substantial increases in agricultural production worldwide. Yet, despite
growing concern about the environmental and social impacts of increased agricultural productivity, no consensus
exists on the appropriate method for assessing the appropriate tradeoffs for sustainability. To address this
need, this paper proposes the use of Data Envelope Analysis to create an index that permits assessment of the
relative sustainability of smallholder farms in a given region, with minimal external interpretation about how
individual farmers weight tradeoffs on their own farms.

Read the full paper : https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/98277

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