A scan as a part of a traject towards sustainability at farm level

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    Main research question/goal
    This research aims to develop a scan to monitor sustainability at the individual farm level. By applying this tool, the farmer can direct his efforts towards  a sustainable farm business. We start from the premise that a sustainable development of an industry arises from the improvement strategies of the individual firms themselves and from the farmer’s awareness.

    Research approach
    We focus on a number of subsectors of the agricultural industry. In a participative manner, we develop a scanning tool to map sustainability at farm level through a feasible set of indicators. We safeguard the applicability by elaborating a trajectory in which the scan is integrated in the operation of Boerenbond.

    The valorization is already part of the research plan: the accounting groups of Boerenbond took it on themselves to use the scanning tool as a starting point/tool for discussions about strategies to approach sustainability in an integrated way. We also expect an added value at sector level: the development process itself can help uncover sector-specific constraints in addition to mere company-specific constraints.
    Effective start/end date1/11/1231/10/14