Food security and agricultural sustainability: an overview of critical success factors

Peter Nijkamp (Department of Spatial Economics, Free University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,)
Gabriella Vindigni (DISEAE, Dipartimento di Scienze Economico‐agrarie ed estimative, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)

Environmental Management and Health

ISSN: 0956-6163

Publication date: 1 December 2002


This paper offers an overview of factors that are decisive for productivity increase in the agricultural sector (both farming and agro‐food). An attempt is made to explain differences in total factor productivity in agriculture in different countries by means of meta‐analysis, in particular, by using rough set theory as a framework for comparative study. The main aim is to derive the drivers of changes in agricultural food production with a view to conditional future predictions of an “if … then” nature. The empirical application to OECD countries is used to illustrate the potential of this new approach for identifying critical success factors in agriculture with a view to future food security objectives.



Nijkamp, P. and Vindigni, G. (2002), "Food security and agricultural sustainability: an overview of critical success factors", Environmental Management and Health, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 495-511.

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