Title Analysing the provision of agricultural public goods: The case of irrigated olive groves in Southern Spain
Authors Villanueva, A. J., Gomez-Limon, J. A., Arriaza, M., NEKHAY, OLEXANDR, NEKHAY, OLEXANDR
External publication No
Means Land Use Pol.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 2.63100
SJR Impact 1.49100
Area International
Publication date 01/05/2014
ISI 000335424100031
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84890847692
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.11.018
Abstract Analysis of the joint production of private and public goods (PGs) by farming activities is a fertile research field. These joint production processes are typically characterised by a high level of complexity derived from the intense relationship between the production of both kinds of outputs. An integrated approach is strongly recommended for the study of the provision of agricultural PGs and the design of public intervention in this sector. Here, we propose a theoretical framework to apply an integrated approach using the analytic network process (ANP) to analyse the production of PGs by agricultural systems to support public decision-making concerning the design and implementation of agricultural policies. We introduce a novel approach in applying ANP along both directions of the influences among elements, allowing us to identify the most influenced PGs and the farmers' most influential decisions. This methodological approach is empirically applied to a particular farming system: the irrigated olive groves (IOG) of Southern Spain. Results show that the PGs most influenced by olive growers' decisions are soil fertility, the visual quality of agricultural landscapes and farmland biodiversity. In addition, the most influential factors affecting the provision of PGs are the structural ones, namely farm size and tree density, and, to a lesser extent, management factors dealing with fertilisation, soil and irrigation management. These results are useful for supporting agricultural policy decision-making to enhance adequate management of this farming system regarding PGs production. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords Agricultural multifunctionality; Public goods; Irrigated olive groves; ANP; Andalusia (Spain)
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