DOI: /10.5513/JCEA01/14.3.1323

Original scientific paper

ASSESSING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS USING FUZZY LOGIC

2013, 14 (3)   p. 1171-1183

Móslem Sami, Mohammad SHIEKHDAVOODI, Morteza ALMASSI, Afshin MARZBAN

Abstract

First stage for attaining sustainability in a system is the measurement of current state of sustainability. Indicators are widely used as tools for measurement of sustainability. In this study, a comprehensive index was proposed to measure sustainability in agricultural production systems. This index takes advantage of fuzzy logic to combine all six indexes which were selected as the representative of three dimensions of sustainability. A set of models and sub-models based on the fuzzy inference system were employed to define the index. A case study conducted in two large production farms of maize and wheat, in Iran, proved the feasibility and usability of the model.

Keywords

comprehensive index, fuzzy logic, sustainability analysis

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