Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 36, Number 4

The agriculture’s role for sustainable and inclusive development

Francesco Contò, Mariantonietta Fiore, Irene Monasterolo, Piermichele La Sala


Sustainable development is characterized by interconnected social, economic, and ecological aspects and it is at the core value of the worldwide economy. A participatory and accountable framework is a prerequisite for inclusive and sustainable development; so power is redistributed, reducing uncertainty, inequality and promoting shared prosperity. Despite its crucial importance and relevance, barriers remain in making progress towards its implementation, in particular for the agricultural sector. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of agriculture for sustainable and inclusive development, highlighting environmental, economic and social dimensions. Then, we aim at providing policy-makers more accessible results on trade-offs of alternative measures for greening the agri-food system. The research is based on method of analysis based on an extensive review of research evidence related in particular to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). Focusing on CSA role, a set of priority actions for greening systems are drawn up. Results of analysis provide an insight on a new System Dynamics model able to represent the complex causal relations and non-linear feedback loops among key dimensions and actors of sustainable development. Furthermore investments/ measures coordination in agriculture and higher farmers’ knowledge are crucial driver in reaching this ambition.

JEL Codes: Q01, Q15, Q56.

Keyword(s): agri-ecosystems, climate smart agriculture, food system, inclusive development, sustainability, resilience, system dynamics model

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