Here, we’ll learn which factors influence whether a production system is sustainable or not.
There are several factors which play a major role regarding (sustainable) production systems. See the different drivers on the branches of the tree below:
Here is a quick review of some influences described in the conference sessions:
Global change: Rising temperatures and changes in precipitation have a major influence on the productivity and profitability of agriculture and forest systems.
Healthy environment: Good soils, sufficient water supply and biodiversity are all essential components for sustainable production systems.
Politics: Policy guidelines can ensure that resources and materials essential for production systems are not restricted.
Finance: Financial resources provide an enabling environment for successful production systems.
Markets: Access to markets provides a platform for farmers to sell sustainable products to the consumer. The dynamics of the market price is thereby an important influence factor.
Consumption: People contribute to the type of products produced through their preference and purchasing behaviours.
Legal framework: Equal rights and access to land are critical for producers.
Communities: The cooperation among the small-scale producers and local communities could drive to further transformation in production and value of agricultural and forest goods.