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Title: A tradeoff analysis between socio-economic efficiency and environmental performance of irrigated agriculture

Authors: Panagiotis Mitropoulos; Konstantinos Vasileiou; Ioannis Mitropoulos

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Laboratory of Business Planning and Decision Making, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, GR-26500 Patras, Greece ' Department of Business Administration, Laboratory of Business Planning and Decision Making, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, GR-26500 Patras, Greece ' Department of Business Administration, Laboratory of Business Planning and Decision Making, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece, GR-26500 Patras, Greece

Abstract: European irrigated agriculture is very important in economic, social and environmental terms. A linear programming model that simulates the farmers' behaviour in cropping selection was used to evaluate the impact on farm performance of intervention measures, namely: 1) volumetric pricing; 2) abstraction quota restrictions that might be used to ration water and/or increase water use efficiency. The consequences of these policy mechanisms were evaluated, using two conflicting objectives. The first objective enabled to maximise the farmers' profit, while the second one represents the regulators' perspective, to ration water more efficiently by minimising the irrigated water use. The tradeoff analysis between the socio-economic efficiency and the environmental performance revealed the fragility of the farming systems in water scarcity. The results highlight the need for a more careful balance of water conservation and rural development objectives. The approach is illustrated using a case study on irrigated agriculture in East Midlands of England.

Keywords: bi-objective model; agricultural planning; sustainability; irrigation; licensing; water pricing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDSS.2018.094257

International Journal of Decision Support Systems, 2018 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.106 - 127

Available online: 17 Aug 2018 *

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