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What is Sustainability of Farms?


  • Hrabrin Ianouchev BACHEV

    () (Institute of Agricultural Economics, Bulgaria.)


This paper attempts to give answer to some important questions, on which there is no agreement among researchers, namely: “what is farm sustainability?”, “what is the relation between farm and agrarian sustainability?”, “which are critical factors of farms sustainability?”, and “how to assess farms sustainability level”. First, evolution of the “concept” of farm sustainability as alternative ideology, new strategy, system characteristics etc. is analyzed and discussed. On that base is suggested adequate definition of farm sustainability as ability of a particular farm to maintain its governance, economic, social and ecological functions in a long term. The final goal is better define farm sustainability and develop an efficient framework for assessing sustainability level of different type of farms.

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  • Hrabrin Ianouchev BACHEV, 2016. "What is Sustainability of Farms?," Journal of Economic and Social Thought, KSP Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 35-48, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ksp:journ3:v:3:y:2016:i:1:p:35-48

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    1. Hrabrin Bachev, 2011. "Needs, Modes and Efficiency of Economic Organizations and Public Interventions in Agriculture," Review of Economics & Finance, Better Advances Press, Canada, vol. 1, pages 89-103, June.
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    3. Hrabrin Bachev, 2013. "Risk Management in the Agri-food Sector," Contemporary Economics, University of Economics and Human Sciences in Warsaw., vol. 7(1), March.
    4. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2010. "Governance of agrarian sustainability," MPRA Paper 99867, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Hansen, J. W., 1996. "Is agricultural sustainability a useful concept?," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 117-143.
    6. BASHEV, Hrabrin & KOTEVA, Nina & MLADENOVA, Mimoza, 2014. "The Effects Of Implementing European Policies In Agricultiral Holdings In The Republic Of Bulgaria," Economics 21, D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics, Svishtov, Bulgaria, issue 1, pages 1-9.
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    1. Hrabrin Ianouchev BACHEV, 2016. "An Approach to Assess Sustainability of Agricultural Farms," Turkish Economic Review, KSP Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 28-53, March.
    2. Hrabrin I. BACHEV, 2017. "Socio-economic and Ecological Sustainability of Smallholder Agricultural Holdings in Bulgaria," Journal of Economic and Social Thought, KSP Journals, vol. 4(2), pages 247-260, June.
    3. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2017. "Environmental sustainability of Bulgarian agricultural Farms – assessment, state, factors," MPRA Paper 81658, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Hrabrin I. BACHEV, 2017. "Assessing Multi-aspects and Integral Sustainability of Bulgarian Farms," Journal of Social and Administrative Sciences, KSP Journals, vol. 4(1), pages 53-86, March.
    5. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2020. "State, efficiency and factors for development of AKIS in Bulgaria," MPRA Paper 99601, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2016. "Устойчивост На Земеделските Стопанства В България
      [Sustainability of agricultural farms in Bulgaria]
      ," MPRA Paper 99457, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Bachev, Hrabrin & Ivanov, Bojidar & Mitova, Dilyana & Boevski, Ivan & Marinov, Petar & Todorova, Kristina & Mitov, Anton, 2020. "Методически Въпроси На Икономическото Изучаване На Услугите На Агроекоситемите
      [Methodological issues of economic studies on agro-ecosystem services]
      ," MPRA Paper 98408, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Bachev, Hrabrin, 2019. "Diagnosis of the agricultural information, training and advice system in Bulgaria," MPRA Paper 99694, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    farm sustainability; governance; economic; social; ecological aspects; framework for assessment.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets


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