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Efficiency and sustainability assessment for a group of farmers in the Brazilian amazon. (English) Zbl 1259.90048

Summary: The aim of this paper is to use DEA models to evaluate sustainability in agriculture. Several variables are taken into account and the resulting efficiency is measured by comparison. The performance of family farms is analysed here (variables: farmed area, work force, and production). As agricultural sustainability depends on the maintenance of systems of production for long periods of time, the models were run for the years of 1986 and 2002. Tiered DEA models were used to group farmers in sustainability categories. Non-parametric regression models were used to identify the factors affecting the efficiency measurements. All the results indicate that the majority of the farmers increased their efficiency along the time. These improvements may support the existence of sustainability.

MSC:

90B50 Management decision making, including multiple objectives
90B25 Reliability, availability, maintenance, inspection in operations research

Software:

ISYDS; SIAD
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