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Competitiveness vs. Sustainability: An Assessment of Profitability as a Component of an Approach on “Sustainable Competitiveness” in Extensive Farming Systems of Central Spain

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Agricultural Engineer, Rural Development Consultant, La Paz, Bolivia
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Area of Economics, Sociology and Rural Policies, Department of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering, University of Valladolid, Palencia 34004, Spain
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Sustainability 2014, 6(11), 8029-8055; https://doi.org/10.3390/su6118029
Received: 30 August 2014 / Revised: 31 October 2014 / Accepted: 3 November 2014 / Published: 14 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife)
The “Europe 2020 Strategy” launched by European Institutions is a commitment to increase growth based on the coexistence of both competitiveness and sustainable development. This paper analyzes the competitiveness of production systems in the cereal steppes of Castile, Spain. An indicator based on each production system’s profitability threshold was built. The diagnostic analysis methodology allowed the identification of 20 production system models related to agrarian, livestock and mixed farming systems. The results show very different levels of competitiveness which are not necessarily related to the farms’ sizes or capitalization levels but mostly to production costs and the farmers’ ages. The response of these models to future input and output price scenarios shows that mixed farms are less dependent on external production factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: competitiveness; extensive production systems; cost structure; price scenario; profitability competitiveness; extensive production systems; cost structure; price scenario; profitability
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Farah, A.B.; Gómez-Ramos, A. Competitiveness vs. Sustainability: An Assessment of Profitability as a Component of an Approach on “Sustainable Competitiveness” in Extensive Farming Systems of Central Spain. Sustainability 2014, 6, 8029-8055.

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