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dc.contributorMessad, Samiren_US
dc.contributorAdel M. Aboul-Naga, Adelen_US
dc.contributorOsman, Mona Abd El-Zaheren_US
dc.contributorAbdelsabour, Taha Hen_US
dc.contributorE Salah, Abdel-Aalen_US
dc.contributorJuanes, Xavieren_US
dc.creatorAlary, Veroniqueen_US
dc.identifier.citationVeronique Alary, Samir Messad, Adel Adel M. Aboul-Naga, Mona Abd El-Zaher Osman, Taha H Abdelsabour, Abdel-Aal E Salah, Xavier Juanes. (31/5/2020). Multi-criteria assessment of the sustainability of farming systems in the reclaimed desert lands of Egypt. Agricultural Systems, 183, pp. 1-13.en_US
dc.description.abstractOn newly cultivated lands in deserts as in the majority of dryland areas, the sustainability of agricultural systems is often debated in terms of socioeconomic viability and agro-ecological longevity. In these contexts, livestock production systems have raised controversial debates regarding their roles and effects in terms of sustainable development. The objective of this paper is to assess the level (and types) of crop-livestock integration in the dryland systems and whether they result in different well-being and improved efficiency of these agroecosystems. Using an empirical study in the newly reclaimed desert lands of the west part of the Nile Delta (Egypt), we proposed an assessment of the sustainability of the family farming systems using two approaches: a) multiple factor analysis and b) multi-criteria assessment. The multi-criteria assessment highlighted how family farm sustainability depends highly on the integration of livestock into the system, with technical or economic efficiency effects. The multiple factor analysis allowed the distinction of two types of farm systems in which livestock activity could be a source in increasing labour productivity or ensuring the viability of the farm in both short and long terms. So, the two approaches brought out the critical role of livestock in the overall efficiency of the system. However, factor analysis highlighted different profiles of integration and diversification based on-farm assets, and the multi-criteria assessment provided a comprehensive framework for conceptualizing aggregated indicators for the development of sustainable farming systems for the end-users. So these two methods may be complementarity to develop and assess the causal processes of a sustainability assessment.en_US
dc.publisherElsevier Massonen_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; Non-commercial educational use onlyen_US
dc.sourceAgricultural Systems;183,(2020) Pagination 1,13en_US
dc.subjectindex of sustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectmulti-criteria methoden_US
dc.subjectmultiple factor analysisen_US
dc.subjectdesert landsen_US
dc.titleMulti-criteria assessment of the sustainability of farming systems in the reclaimed desert lands of Egypten_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idAlary, Veronique: 0000-0003-4844-5423en_US
cg.subject.agrovocintegrated crop-livestock systemsen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, UMR: Mediterranean and Tropical Livestock Systems - CIRAD - UMR SELMETen_US
cg.contributor.centerAgricultural Research Center, Animal Production Research Institute - ARC - APRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe French Agricultural Research Center for International Development - CIRADen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - LAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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