Climate change, recurrent economic and financial crises and food security issues are forcing society to look at the increasingly widespread use of "sustainable" production practices. These are often translated into innovations for businesses that are not always easily achievable other than through specific investments. This work sets out to assess the sustainability performance of organic farms, which represent a sustainable production model in terms of values, standards, practices and knowledge on the ground. The research was carried out in two geographical contexts (the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sicily, Italy) which have certain environmental and socio-economic issues in common, particularly in productive sectors representative of organic agriculture. This was done with the help of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems (SAFA, in the rest of the text) framework and social network analysis to study the sustainability performance of organic farms within non-structured local production systems in the form of formal enterprise networks that, on the contrary, operate with a recognized and common aim. The results demonstrate both their attainment of excellence and the existence of criticalities, thus, identifying routes to possible improvement.

Analysis of relationships and sustainability performance in organic agriculture in the United Arab Emirates and Sicily (Italy)

Guarnaccia, Paolo;Cosentino, Salvatore Luciano;Leonardi, Cherubino;CARUSO, PAOLO;Stella, Giuseppe;Timpanaro, Giuseppe
2019

Abstract

Climate change, recurrent economic and financial crises and food security issues are forcing society to look at the increasingly widespread use of "sustainable" production practices. These are often translated into innovations for businesses that are not always easily achievable other than through specific investments. This work sets out to assess the sustainability performance of organic farms, which represent a sustainable production model in terms of values, standards, practices and knowledge on the ground. The research was carried out in two geographical contexts (the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sicily, Italy) which have certain environmental and socio-economic issues in common, particularly in productive sectors representative of organic agriculture. This was done with the help of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems (SAFA, in the rest of the text) framework and social network analysis to study the sustainability performance of organic farms within non-structured local production systems in the form of formal enterprise networks that, on the contrary, operate with a recognized and common aim. The results demonstrate both their attainment of excellence and the existence of criticalities, thus, identifying routes to possible improvement.
Food security; Informal relationships; Organic agriculture; SAFA-FAO; Social network analysis; Sustainability; Nature and Landscape Conservation; Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
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