Special Issue "Economy and Sociology in Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Djamilia Skripnuk
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Interests: economy; institutional economy; circular economy; environment; entrepreneurship; innovation;technology; Industry 4.0 development; rural area
Prof. Dr. Gulnara Romashkina
Guest Editor
University of Tyumen, 6 Volodarskogo Street, 625003 Tyumen, Russian Federation
Interests: sociology; economic sociology; mathematical methods and models in economics; data analysis methods; food security; sociocultural development; human capital, behavior; agroecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the ongoing changes in the institutional structure of all regions of the world due to industrialization, intellectual interest in rural life is perhaps more pronounced than ever. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the stability of the global economy for agriculture, as well as to protect markets from unforeseen environmental, political, and economic shocks.

To meet these challenges, we need to strengthen our knowledge of the economic and social aspects of agriculture; agroecology; sustainable development of rural areas; food security, including production, distribution, delivery, and consumption of safe and quality food; and environmental protection.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to consolidate original research and/or review articles on the possibilities and limitations of sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas, and food security and self-sufficiency, including social, political, economic, and technological aspects.

We are interested in local practices of sustainable development and activities in agriculture. We are also looking for research on organic farming; conservation agriculture, including the concept of “agroecological intensification”; opportunities for the development and management of soil and water; pest, weed, and disease control; and social innovation (including value chains) to support agricultural diversification.

The solution of food security problems largely depends on the provision of quality food, as well as on the physical and economic availability of food for different countries, territories, and social strata.

Prof. Dr. Djamilia Skripnuk
Prof. Dr. Gulnara Romashkina
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • economics
  • sociology
  • agriculture
  • environment
  • technology
  • farmers
  • agroecology
  • food security
  • settlement
  • territory
  • institutions
  • sociocultural development
  • factors
  • entrepreneurship
  • social
  • nutrition
  • culture
  • behavior
  • rural areas

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Consumer trust in quality and safety of food products
Authors: Vladimir A. Davydenko; Marina V. Khudyakova; Djamilia F. Skripnuk; Roman R. Khuziakhmetov
Affiliation: University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia; Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Abstract: Though individual’s perception of food quality appropriately represents the condition of relationships in a local system “producer – sales operator – consumer”, it also helps estimate systemic/general trust. Aim of this paper is to 1) analyze factors that influence consumer trust in food quality and safety and 2) reveal barriers and opportunities for its strengthening. Empirical data is obtained from mass survey and in-depth interviews. The richer people are, the higher their trust is in food bought (and this is true for all sales operators). Insufficiency of general and interpersonal trust is observed. The level of trust is elastic across various social groups. Experts argue that consumers poorly assess the real risks of favoring low-quality food. Acknowledgements: this work is supported by the RFBR, project No. 20-011-00087 «Institutional factors and forms of rural territories development».

Title: The Impact of Intellectual Capital on the Profitability of Russian Agricultural Firms
Authors: Danila Ovechkin; Gulnara F. Romashkina; Vladimir A. Davydenko
Affiliation: Department of Economics and Finance, Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia
Abstract: The economic efficiency is a function of two types of resources: those that are presented in financial statements and those that are not. Non-balance sheet resources are referred as to intellectual capital (IC) The purpose of the article is to investigate the relationship between IC (and its subcomponents) and the level of financial profitability. In order to conduct the analysis, this paper uses two-step system generalized method of moments for a broad sample of Russian firms that operate in the agribusiness industry. Also, the authors employ different approaches to IC estimation that allows exploring the impact of intellectual capital from different points of view. Acknowledgements: this work is supported by the RFBR, project No. 20-011-00087.

Title: Advantages and constraints of eco-efficiency measures in chosen food processing enterprises. The case of Poland.
Authors: Anna Zielińska-Chmielewska; Jerzy Kaźmierczyk; Elena Andrianova
Affiliation: Department of Business Activity and Economic Policy, Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland Institute of Economics
Abstract: The issue of eco-efficiency of food processing enterprises is ever-present because of the continuous process of improving the quality standards of raw materials, complying with the procedures in food production, introduction of modern production technology and, above all, due to the large number of actors who are competing for customers in the domestic and foreign food market. In the coming years Polish food processing sector will be facing significant challenges with the inevitable slow and gradual decrease in the cost advantages of raw materials’ prices, as well as ready to eat products. Enterprises, as they constitute the majority in manufacturing business, in the long run will need to determine the efficiency, and hence competitiveness of Polish food processing sector. The aim of the study is to review the domestic and foreign literature in terms of classification and systematization of the concept of eco-efficiency in food processing sector in Poland. In the theoretical part of the study methods of descriptive, comparative, deductive and synthetic analysis are used. In the practical part of the paper appropriately selected measures adequate for eco-efficiency measurement are presented. The results of the analysis is based on the results of authors’ own calculations, as well specific findings from business practice both from inland and abroad.

Title: Improvement of Organic Farms Assessment Procedures on the Example of Organic Farming in Poland
Authors: Jacek ŁUCZAK; Małgorzata MIŚNIAKIEWICZ; Natalia Maruszewska
Affiliation: 1、Department of Quality Management, Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland; 2、Cracow University of Economics, College of Management and Quality, Department of Food Product Quality, Krakow, Poland; 3、Krakow, Poland.
Abstract: Organic farming is an agricultural production system that combines tradition, innovation and science to provide high-quality food, benefit the environment, and promote fair relationships and a high quality of life. It is subject to certification, i.e. issuing a declaration by a third party based on a decision preceded by a review that compliance with specified requirements has been demonstrated in relation to products, processes, systems or persons. As a result, organic food is created, i.e. food produced in accordance with the principles of organic farming rules. The aim of the article is to conduct a critical analysis of the procedures for the evaluation of organic farms carried out by Polish certification bodies and to identify areas for their improvement. The presented results are the effect of qualitative research carried out in the period from March 2017 to April 2019 throughout Poland. The technique of in-depth interviews with representatives of six units that certificate producers reporting activities in the field of organic plant cultivation and animal maintenance was used. The surveyed units together provide services to approximately 50% of organic producers in Poland and have at least 10 years of experience in the certification of organic farms. The analysis of the obtained research results allowed identifying 10 areas for the improvement of the process of organic farms evaluation, for which appropriate recommendations were developed. Their implementation will make it possible to standardize the activities of individual certification bodies and increase the transparency and credibility of the organic farming control system in Poland, and, as a result, increase consumer confidence in organic food. The developed solutions modify the elements of the organic farms' qualification process by certifying entities, taking into account the role of these entities in the organic farm control system. Due to the fact that the Polish organic farming control system was established in accordance with the EU regulations on organic farming, the developed solutions constitute an element of the harmonization of control and supervision over organic farming certification on the EU scale and are universal in nature.

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