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Introducing a lexicographic goal programming for environmental conservation program in farm activities: A case study in Iran

  • Hooman Mansoori
  • Mohammad Reza Kohansal
  • Mohammd Farid Khadem Ghousi
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    Purpose – Prosperity of the agricultural sector is very crucial not only for the national economy but also for the regional development. However, this prosperity has quite often a significant environmental cost in terms of water resources overexploitation or pollution. The main purpose of this paper is to create, apply and evaluate a model that aims at the simultaneous maximization of farmer's welfare and the minimization of the consequent environmental burden. Design/methodology/approach – Lexicographic goal programming technique is employed. This technique is implemented on a representative farm around Mashhad in Iran to seek for a solution – in terms of area and water allocation under different crops. Findings – Results shows that application of a multi-criteria analysis may lead to a win-win situation. Originality/value – A lexicographic goal programming is used to satisfy both goals of farm activity in a represented area in Iran.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal China Agricultural Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 478-484

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:caerpp:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:478-484
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