Comparative multifunctional evaluation of farming systems with AHP: Application to organic, integrated and conventional olive groves of Andalusia

Carlos Parra López, Javier Calatrava Requena, Tomás de Haro Giménez

Abstract

Even though multifunctionality concept is reflected, implicit or explicitly, in the design of actual agrarian policies, its consideration when analysing and assessing farming systems is relatively limited in the scientific literature. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is proposed with this aim. AHP is a multicriteria discrete decision support technique that is used in complex decision making. This methodology is stated jointly with a proposed procedure to measure relative agreement among decision makers and uniformity of alternatives’ performances in group decision making. Finally AHP is implemented in the assessment of organic, integrated and conventional olive groves in Andalusia considering criteria of a different nature – economic, technical, sociocultural and environmental –. The final purpose is determining the more interesting growing techniques from a holistic point of view for all the society in the medium/long-term on the basis of knowledge of experts on olive.

Keywords

Multifunctionality; Analytic Hierarchy Process; AHP; Multicriteria decision making; Group decision making; Relative agreement indices; Relative uniformity indices; Olive grove

Subject classification

C65, Q01, Q50.

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