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Assessing the dynamics of natural capital on farms: A soil natural capital indicator


Azad, MAS and Ancev, T, Assessing the dynamics of natural capital on farms: A soil natural capital indicator, Ecological Economics, 168 pp. 1-7. ISSN 0921-8009 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2019 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106500


Efficient management of natural resources and environmental assets requires adequate assessment of natural capital on farms. Conceptual frameworks and practical measurement techniques to assess the state of natural capital assets and ecosystem services on farms are not readily available. In this paper, we propose a natural capital adjusted productivity and efficiency technique that can be used in effectively measuring the dynamics of natural capital on farms. This on-farm natural capital indicator is constructed based on the directional distance functions approach. As an empirical application, this newly devised indicator is applied to determine how soil natural capital in farm production systems changes over time. Findings from this study will aid decision making to support maintaining higher farm productivity growth in agriculture and achieving environmental sustainability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agriculture, indicator, natural capital, soil
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Agricultural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Productivity (excl. public sector)
UTAS Author:Ancev, T (Associate Professor Tihomir Ancev)
ID Code:139994
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-07-22
Last Modified:2020-08-14

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