Title: Suitability evaluation system for the production and sourcing of agricultural commodities
Authors : Jaisli, Isabel
Laube, Patrick
Trachsel, Sonja
Ochsner, Pascal
Schuhmacher, Sarah
Published in : Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Not specified
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Suitability assessment; GIS
Subject (DDC) : 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
630: Agriculture
Abstract: This article presents CONSUS (Connecting for Sustainable Sourcing), a modular GIS-based decision-support system for producing and sourcing agricultural commodities. The system extends the classic FAO land evaluation approaches in three specific dimensions: (i) the sustainability dimension: the extended suitability analysis reaches beyond purely biophysical suitability and integrates ecological, economic and social suitability; (ii) the value chain dimension: the focus of suitability analysis includes further upstream activities relevant for product trading; (iii) the spatio-temporal dimension: the inclusion of an adaptive global crop cycle model and scale-specific suitability modules allow for multi-scale suitability evaluation that considers cropping seasons; The system was implemented as a flexible tool set, featuring knowledge databases, GIS toolboxes, and supporting data processing modules. CONSUS emerged from a series of third party funded applied research projects. Two of these serve in this article as case studies illustrating the capabilities of the system: one global case study on the sourcing of hazelnuts, and one regional case study on suitability of soybean production in Rwanda.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.compag.2018.02.002
ISSN: 0168-1699
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7487
Published as part of the ZHAW project : CONSUS
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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