Basil Manos

Basil Manos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | AUTH · Department of Agricultural Economics

BSC, MS, PHD

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Introduction
Basil Manos works at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). His research interests are in farm management and regional planning, environmental management, impact assessment, sustainability, efficiency and business informatics. He has studied in AUTH and London School of Economics. He was head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Director of the Lab of Agricultural Economics Research. He has conducted research in many national and European funded projects. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics (Scopus indexed).

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Existing pressure for the confrontation of a radically changing external environment has led many companies to invest in various Information Systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), in order to optimize their production processes and strategies. Despite the fact that ERP system is an important strategic tool, many companies fail to take...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) as a business strategy in the Greek food and drink industry, along with the examination of the Information Technology (IT) adoption in the field. A research project was carried out in the sector companies based in Greece, using the questionnaire method. Fi...
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Agriculture is highly affected by environmental conditions and the assessment of the agroclimatic potential is necessary for sustainability and productivity. The climate is among the most important factors that determine the agricultural potentialities of a region and the suitability of a region for a specific crop, whereas the yield is determined...
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The simultaneous and increasing needs for safe and quality food products, along with the environmental and socio-economic sustainability, develop a multi-level problem with controversies and arbitrary assumptions for farmers and policy makers. In order to assess the aspect of sustainability in agricultural production, different impact assessment to...
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The production of olives and olive oil in the Mediterranean region is one of the most important cultivations. The continuous changes imposed by the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards strengthening the influence of market forces have increased the necessity for the assessment of the efficiency of production protocols or patterns being...
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This chapter aims to make a comparison between Greek and Bulgarian rural areas, in terms of social sustainability indicators. Social sustainability is related to social capital, social inclusion, social exclusion and social cohesion in rural economies, terms that can be measured by relevant social indicators. The paper focuses on the effects of far...
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The production of olives and olive oil in the Mediterranean region is one of the most important cultivation. The continuous changes of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards strengthening the influence of market forces, has increased the necessity for assessing the efficiency of production protocols or patterns being implemented by t...
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The formulation of bio-based industries constitutes a major goal for the generation of sustainable forms of energy globally. Nevertheless, the different bio-energy pathways depend on manifold conversion technologies and induce an assortment of environmental impacts. To this end, the evaluation tool of life cycle assessment (LCA) is thoroughly analy...
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This paper presents a multi-criteria model for agricultural production planning in agro-energy districts. The use of crop residues to produce thermal and electric energy promotes a sustainable environment. This is the reason that the formation of agro-energy districts and the increase of biomass energy production are among the main goals of the EU...
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This paper investigates the agricultural productivity in rural areas based on productivity indicators of agricultural resources, like the gross return produced per agricultural land in these areas, by using the decision-making approach PROMETHEE II. This approach was applied for the assessment of productivity and for the ranking of the seven prefec...
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This paper presents a DSS for sustainable planning of agricultural production and the optimization of agricultural resources of a region. The main components of the DSS, which has been developed in Microsoft Windows platform, are a data base and a model base. The data base is used to enter and store into the system the technical and economic data o...
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The objectives of the European Union 2014–2020 programming period include increase of energy production from renewable sources through the creation of agro-energy districts. The utilization of residues of annual and perennial crops in agro-energy districts as a combustion product of the exploitation of biomass industry to produce heat and electrici...
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The agricultural sector in Greece exerts a pivotal and opportunistic key success factor in fostering the country’s entrepreneurial activity that hopefully will ultimately lead to the much desired sustainable growth and economic development. Thus, it is imperative for all decision-makers and stakeholders to learn how to efficiently rank and optimize...
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term that includes a broad range of services, applications, technologies, equipment and softwares which are required for the use of these technologies and improve social, cultural and financial structures. E-indicators have been built for better visualization of the global status of IC...
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The rural development plan measures of Common Agricultural Policy affect people living in rural areas and have impacts on agricultural income and rural employment. This paper aims to assess the economic, environmental and social impacts of the 'setting up young farmers' measure of the rural development plan in the region of Central Macedonia in Nor...
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The rural development plan measures of Common Agricultural Policy affect people living in rural areas and have impacts on agricultural income and rural employment. This paper aims to assess the economic, environmental and social impacts of the 'setting up young farmers' measure of the rural development plan in the region of Central Macedonia in Nor...
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This paper presents a multi-criteria model for agricultural production planning in agro-energy districts. The use of crop residues to produce thermal and electric energy promotes a sustainable environment. This is the reason that the formation of agro-energy districts and the increase of biomass energy production are among the main goals of the EU...
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This paper investigates the agricultural productivity in rural areas based on productivity indicators of agricultural resources, like the gross return produced per agricultural land in these areas, by using the decision-making approach PROMETHEE II. This approach was applied for the assessment of productivity and for the ranking of the seven prefec...
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In this paper the authors carry out a multiple criteria evaluation of 40 characteristics of e-learning platforms, in order to find the most suitable to meet the needs of an e-learning course for higher schools with Agricultural and Forestry content. The evaluation data came from a Delphi survey method, where experts' opinions are reflected. These d...
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TOPSIS and VIKOR are two well-known and widely-used multiple attribute decision making methods. Many researchers have compared the results obtained from both methods in various application domains. In this paper, we present the implementation of a web-based decision support system that incorporates TOPSIS and VIKOR and allows decision makers to com...
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Innovation is a critical component for regional development. Broadband Internet is a promising technology for rural areas. Rural Broadband is an action of strategic importance because of its ability to accelerate the contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to growth and innovation. The ICT industry remains one of the most vib...
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This study explores Knowledge Brokerage (KB) aspects of an ex-post Impact Assessment (IA) for the Rural Development Programme (RDP) measure of setting up young farmers, under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), at the regional level in Northern Greece. The measure supports the entry of young farmers in agriculture by moving land from older to you...
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Electronic government services strengthen the internal market and complement European Union legislative acts and their effectiveness in a number of domains where ICT can improve delivery of services. Today, there has been observed an increasing interest in applying electronic government to different business sectors such as the environmental sector...
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The discussion about alternatives for tobacco cultivation is a very conflicting issue as it strikes into the heart of the tobacco industry which is the tobacco leaf. The aim of the paper is to contribute to this discussion and support the policy makers. To this end, the paper provides an evidence based approach for modeling the phasing-out of tobac...
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In this paper a Multiple Criteria Mathematical Programming model has been developed integrating vulnerability maps; its purpose is to optimize and facilitate the decision making process relating to the problems of water management, land use and environmental protection. The model is used to support irrigation water use and eco-friendly decision pro...
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This paper presents a model for sustainable planning and optimisation of agricultural production. The model is a mathematical programming model, based on multicriteria techniques, and can be used as a tool for the analysis and simulation of production plans, as well as for the study of impacts of the various policies in agriculture. The model can a...
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This paper aims to classify and rank rural areas in Greece using a set of technical, economic and social indicators. For this purpose, we developed appropriate indicators and criteria applied hierarchical cluster analysis and the multicriteria method PROMETHEE II. In order to collect the appropriate data, a household survey carried out in the conte...
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The role of policies evaluation has gained weight over time in the EU and is now an accepted and integral part of the policy process, offering the potential to learn from experience in the design and implementation of European programs. The aim of this paper is the evaluation of a LEADER+ local operational program, in particular concerning the ex-p...
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Presently, firms aiming to improve competitiveness and business practices introduce innovative BIS models and e-business organisational schemas. This paper is based on the theoretical model proposed by Patterson et al. 2003 quoting seven BIS adoption determinants. It is attempted to update, adapt and apply this model in agri-food sector, for the ca...
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This book includes a set of papers from distinguished scholars who critically examine economic issues relating to the relationship between water and agriculture, with a special focus on irrigation. Employing state of the art methodologies, they address the most relevant issues in water policy. The volume offers a wide spectrum of innovative approac...
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Greece and Italy are facing serious energy challenges concerning sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions as well as security of supply and the competitiveness of the internal energy market. These challenges require investments by the public sector, while the countries have seen in the last years their debts rising. A solution to promote bioener...
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In the last decades rural communities face the problems of ageing of population, high share of elder farmers and imbalanced distribution of farmers across age classes. The Rural Development Plans (RDPs) of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in European Union (EU) are the policy instruments that affect agriculture and the people living in rural areas....
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The current economic downturn has put public budgets under pressure, reducing investments and revenues for local stakeholders to cope, among other things, with contemporary demands of environmental protection. Local-based partnerships may provide an efficient tool by adopting, integrating and implementing actions based on awareness and participatio...
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The aim of this paper is to investigate and measure the relative efficiency of LEADER+ action plans of seven rural areas in Northern Greece. To this end, a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model is used, which is based on data from LEADER+ provided by the Ministry of Agriculture. In particular, the DEA method is used for measuring the relative effic...
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This paper presents a model for sustainable optimization of agricultural production. The model is a mathematical programming model, based on multicriteria techniques, and can be used as a tool for the analysis and simulation of agricultural production plans, as well as for the study of impacts of the various policies in agriculture. The model can a...
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Impact Assessment (IA) is increasingly used by the European Commission and Member States to assess the potential economic, social and environmental consequences of new policy initiatives. To support the IA process, the European Network of Excellence LIAISE is developing a Toolbox which is simultaneously accessible and useful for policy makers as we...
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The present paper studies e-Government and describes the initial structure of an e-Government information system to be applied in the Greek Forest sector. University Forest and its activities are presented, it is also described the architectural framework of an e-government model, which will be used as a tool guide, and a presentation of the e-gove...
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Nowadays, the Internet, apart from a channel to collect information of all kind, it has also become a means of promotion and consequently, an effective business tool. The Internet and the ICT's are effective strategy development tools, based on the interactive presentation of local information and the provided services for retrieving information ab...
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This paper aims to assess the effects of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on farm household behaviour and social sustainability by estimating main labour and employment indicators. The methodology used is scenario analysis based on multicriteria decision making in order to estimate and compare the impacts of different CAP scenarios on social indica...
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Social sustainability is 'one of the three legs of the sustainability stool' (the other two are environmental and economic). There is limited literature that focuses on social sustainability to the extent that a comprehensive study of this concept is still missing. As a result, there have been very few attempts to define social sustainability as an...
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This chapter summarises the intentions, processes, and findings of the project, funded by the Commission of the European Union, to design a Transactional Environmental Support System (TESS). It provides an executive summary for the book.
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Designing a Transactional Environmental Support System grew from the desire to allow citizens to exchange knowledge on local land and animals for the purpose of learning how to increase their sustainability in regards to biodiversity and livelihood. Transactional Environmental Support System Design: Global Solutions details the results of this proj...
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Work in the 354 km2 Municipality of Kerkini studied ways to increase ecotourism without harming rich local biodiversity, in cooperation with government, NGOs and private stakeholders. Routes were mapped for hunting, horse-riding, walking and climbing.
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This paper aims to make a comparison between Greek and Bulgarian rural areas, in terms of social sustainability indicators. Social sustainability is related to social capital, social inclusion, social exclusion and social cohesion in rural economies, terms that can be measured by relevant social indicators. The paper focuses on the effects of farm...
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This paper aims to assess the impacts of household behaviour on social sustainability by simulating agricultural policy scenarios of the European Union (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). For this purpose a multicriteria model was formulated, at farm household level, in order to study the social impacts of the CAPs using different scenarios. The...
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One of the main aims of the Rural Development Plan under the EU Common Agricultural Policy is the protection of nitrate sensitive areas through agri-environmental schemes. This paper presents a mathematical programming model for farm planning in agricultural areas that are sensitive to nitrates. A bilevel linear programming (BLP) model is developed...
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A model to support water-use and eco-friendly decision process in agricultural production has been developed in the context of the research project entitled EU Water (Transnational integrated management of water resources in agriculture for European water emergency control). The model is an Optimization Multicriteria Mathematical Programming model...
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The project RuralE.Evolution was funded in the framework of IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) program with contract n°IEE/07/579/SI2.499063. The project started in November 2008 and finished in March 2011; it had the purpose to design an effective Methodology for a successful application of PPP scheme to agroenergy districts. The Consortium was forme...
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Social sustainability is “one of the three legs of the sustainability stool” (the other two are environmental and economic. There is limited literature that focuses on social sustainability to the extent that a comprehensive study of this concept is still missing. As a result, there have been very few attempts to define social sustainability as an...
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In modern societies, Internet has become “the key to success” for businesses, as it offers various advantages and benefits in e-commerce through e-marketing. The case of Greece was selected, as there are many enterprises in the food and drinks sector that have already created a web presence in various stages of maturity. This paper studies the use...
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Demand for impact assessment (IA) tools by public administrations has increased significantly in the last decades, when the European Union has also increased its efforts to measure the impact of its agricultural and environmental policies. Different IA tools have been applied to assess EU policies in agriculture and environment, like the Common Agr...
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Farm planning usually uses linear or nonlinear mathematical programming models, which generally achieve one or more goals of the decision maker. The purpose of this study is to develop a model for farm planning, which involves more than one decision maker and uses several conflicting criteria. To this end, the methodology of Bilevel Linear Programm...
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In this paper, we present the AgroMANAGER application. AgroMANAGER is a web-based application for farm management and particularly for organisation and administration of agricultural holdings. It is one of the main farm management applications of agroGOV.gr portal. The development of AgroMANAGER applications supports the farmer-manager in the diffi...
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Recently, a large number of innovative ICT systems and network tools facilitate the use of e-business frameworks. Modern organizations through innovative ICT models can confront competition, uncertainty and complexity. Supply chain faces organizations as a chain of interrelated entities, and provides a complete aspect of their prospects. A survey h...
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The demand for impact assessment (IA) tools by public administrations has increased significantly. The last decades European Union has increased its efforts to measure the impact of its agricultural and environmental policies. Different IA tools have been applied to assess EU policies in agriculture and environment like revised CAP, decoupling, wat...
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The large volume of non-classified agricultural information over the internet increases the need of developing agricultural portals, where everyone involved with agriculture will be able to have access to the information easily and quickly. Portals play a key role in e-government, as they are the main access points for citizens to local, regional o...
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This study aims to assess the multiple impacts of the Common Agricultural Policies (CAP) on social sustainability in rural areas. Social sustainability is related to social capital, social inclusion, social exclusion and social cohesion in rural economies, terms that are described in this paper and measured by relevant social indicators. A multicri...
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Information and communication technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in the socio-economic environment of rural areas, and e-governance can empower citizens by facilitating their access to information and participatory decision-making. Agricultural and Environmental Informatics, Governance and Management: Emerging Research Applicati...
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Conservation scientists, national governments, and international conservation groups seek to devise, and implement, governance strategies that mitigate human impact on the environment. However, few studies to date have systematically investigated the performance of different systems of governance in achieving successful conservation outcomes. Here,...
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In this chapter, we will discuss the Website features to be accounted while designing a collaborative Website for e-commerce purposes, making the Website useful and attractive to revisit. Since the sector of rural production holds difficulties while adopting e-commerce models, the aim of this chapter is to present a methodology aiming to optimize t...
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This chapter reports the main results of GEM-CON-BIO (Governance and Ecosystems Management for the Conservation of Biodiversity), a FP6 funded project under Priority - Citizens and Governance in a knowledge-based society and highlights the path drawn by the currently ongoing FP7 project TESS (Transactional Environmental Support System). GEM-CON-BIO...
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This study was conducted in the framework of the European research project 'CAPIRE: Assessing the multiple Impacts of the Common Agricultural Policies on Rural Economies'. CAP-IRE project aims at developing concepts and tools to support future CAP design and implementation, based on an improved understanding of long-term socio-economic mechanisms o...
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Purpose – In this paper, the key drivers and constraints for implementing traceability are examined in the Greek fresh produce supply chain. The main objective is to identify the main factors affecting the implementation of traceability schemes, under the current supply chain structure and evaluate the theoretical framework identified in the litera...
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This paper presents a multicriteria mathematical programming model that was developed to study the impacts of different tobacco diversification alternatives on income, employment and environment. The model estimates the farmers' utility function taking in account various conflicting criteria that can explain the farmers' behaviour (e.g., maximisati...
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The successful control of the physical flow of the products along the supply chain and product safety assurance depends on the existence of an efficient traceability system. This system must be able to identify each and every single unit produced and distributed from farm to fork. In this paper we present a web-based application that enables qualit...
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This paper examines the different approaches given in literature on the factors that influence the efficiency of traceability in the agri-food sector in a particular fresh produce supply chain. An empirical research was conducted, which enables a more descriptive and exploratory approach. The technique used in this research was semi-structured in d...
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Current international research focuses on topics like sustainable development, regional planning, environmental decision making and implementation, biodiversity conservation plus a number of other relevant issues, especially at times of economic crisis as today. Economic growth and environmental protection can go hand in hand, provided that decisio...
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This paper describes validation of an appropriateness framework, which has been developed in a former study, to determine appropriate models under uncertainty in a decision support system for river basin management. Models are regarded as ‘appropriate’ if they produce final outputs within adequate uncertainty bands that enable decision-makers to d...
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Abstract Internet technology offers an important potential by providing new incentives and new perspectives for financial growth, for the provision of quality services and, in general, for the social, financial and cultural development of region. Within this framework, several websites have been established which represent development Agencies on t...
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As national and international concern over sustainable resources becomes more prevalent, the need for decision support systems (DSS) increases. The applicable uses of a successful system can assist in the sustainability of resources, as well as the efficiency and management of the agri-environment industry. Decision Support Systems in Agriculture,...
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Modern agriculture is characterized by a series of conflicting optimization cri-teria that hinder the decision-making process in the planning of agricultural production. Such criteria are usually gross margin, the variance of gross mar-gin that stands as a measurement of the total risk, labour, etc. At the same time, the decision-making process in...
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This paper examines the technical efficiency of wheat farms in Bangladesh using cross-sectional farm level data and secondary time series data from a sample of 150 farms in the region of Khulna division, Bangladesh. To sharpen the efficiency estimates, the authors use window analysis, slacks variable analysis and data envelopment analysis (DEA) ass...
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The efficiency of a traceability system lies on the ability to collect information related to product quality and consumer safety. There is a wide range of traceability systems currently used in food chains; from paper‐based to IT enabled. In this paper, the different approaches given in literature on the requirements of a successful traceability s...
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This paper uses a multicriteria mathematical programming model to estimate the farmer’s utility function and simulate different scenarios and policies as well as to make alternative production plans. Application of this model was carried out in the irrigated region of the Xanthi Prefecture in Greece, as well as to three different farm clusters. The...
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This paper reports results from the European project WADI which evaluates the sustainability of the European irrigation sector under different policy scenarios. Results presented are based on the generation of farm level water demand curves through multicriteria mathematical programming models. The results are compared across regions and matched ag...