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Устойчивост на селското стопанство в България

Sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture

Hrabrin Bachev (), Nina Koteva, Dilyana Mitova, Bojidar Ivanov, Minka Chopeva, Angel Sarov, Dessislava Toteva, Kristina Todorova, Plamena Yovchevska, Krasimira Kaneva, Svetlana Aleksandrova and Anton Mitov

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Abstract: This paper gives answer to topical and debated research and practical questions at the current stage of development of Bulgarian agriculture - „what is sustainability of agriculture", „how to assess sustainability of agricultural in the conditions of EU CAP implementation in the country“, and „which are critical factors for improvement of socio-economic and environmental sustainability in the sector“. Evolution of the „concept“ of agrarian sustainability and the major approached for its assessment are discussed More precise definition of sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture is suggested and the requirements for the system of its assessment are characterised. For the first time a new „governance“ pillar of agrarian sustainability is included along with the universally accepted economic, social and environmental pillars (aspects). Practically applicable for the specific conditions of Bulgarian agriculture holistic framework for assessing sustainability level of agrarian systems of different types (sector, sub-sector, region, ecosystem, agricultural farm) is suggested. The later included 25 principles, 66 criteria, and 163 indicators and reference values for assessing integral, governance, economic, social and environmental sustainability as well as approach for their calculation, integration and interpretation. Approbation of the elaborated framework in assessment of agrarian sustainability at various levels (national, sub-sector, region, (agro)ecosystem, and farm) is made on the base of official statistical, etc, information and original farm surveys. Critical factors for improving sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture are identified, and recommendation made for amelioration of research and assessment practices, public policies and farming strategies for sustainable development. Website of the project: https://zem.alle.bg

Keywords: agrarian sustainability; assessment framework; governance; economic; social; environmental; integral; Bulgaria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q10 Q12 Q13 Q15 Q18 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-02-07
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