Click here to download

Concepts and methods for sustainability assessment: Insights from food security
Author/s: Paolo Prosperi, Iuri Peri 
Year:  2014 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  12 Pg. 23-34 FullText PDF:  154 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RISS2014-001003
(DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation:  clicca qui   and here 

According to the concept of sustainable development, available natural resources are limited and disproportionately exploited. The growing depletion of these resources is leading to intergenerational disparities, as it systematically deprives future generations of a standard of living even remotely comparable to the current one. Sustainability is an integrative and dynamic concept, composed of issues that have often been described as crossroads of interests and social initiatives, both economic and environmental. Being such a complex and multidimensional phenomenon, sustainability is thus very difficult to explore through traditional measurement approaches. The objective of this study is to define the research questions that subtend the concept of sustainability. In particular, the complexity of sustainability measurement in food security contexts and the approaches used for incorporating its economic, environmental and social facets will be analyzed.
Keywords: Sustainable development, metrology, food security

  1. Aubin B., Donnars C., Supkova M., Le Perchec S., Dorin B. (2011). Méthodes d’évaluation. Panorama Critique. in duALIne-Durabilité de l’alimentation Face à De Nouveaux Enjeux. Questions à La Recherche (Coords.). N. Esnouf, C., Russel, M. et Bricas (ed.) Pour Une Alimentation Durable. Réflexion Stratégique duALIne. Paris: 164-184.
  2. Barrett C.B. (2010). Measuring food insecurity. Science, 327(5967): 825-828,, DOI: 10.1126/science.1182768
  3. Bebbington J., Brown J., Frame B. (2007). Accounting technologies and sustainability assessment models. Ecological Economics, 61(2): 224-236,, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.10.021
  4. Berke P., Manta M. (1999). Planning for sustainable development: measuring progress in plans. Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
  5. Bossel H. (1999). Indicators for sustainable development: theory, method, applications (pp. 1-124). Winnipeg: International Institute for Sustainable Development.
  6. Cesaretti G. (2012). La sfida alimentare alla sostenibilità del benessere, Rivista di Studi sulla Sostenibilità, II(2): 11-13,, DOI: 10.3280/RISS2012-002002
  7. Dernini S., Meybeck A., Burlingame B., Gitz V., Lacirignola C., Debs P., El Bilali H. (2013). Developing a methodological approach for assessing the sustainability of diets: The Mediterranean diet as a case study. New Medit, 3, 28-36.
  8. FAO & Bioversity International (2012). Sustainable diets and biodiversity.
  9. FAO (1996). Rome Declaration on World Food Security and World Food Summit Plan of Action.
  10. Finkbeiner M., Schau E.M., Lehmann A., Traverso M. (2010). Towards life cycle sustainability assessment. Sustainability, 2(10): 3309-3322,, DOI: 10.3390/su2103309
  11. Gibson R.B. (2006). Beyond the pillars: sustainability assessment as a framework for effective integration of social, economic and ecological considerations in significant decision-making. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 8(03): 259-280,, DOI: 10.1142/S1464333206002517
  12. Sikdar S.K. (2003). Sustainable development and sustainability metrics. AIChE journal, 49(8): 1928-1932,, DOI: 10.1002/aic.690490802
  13. Singh R.K., Murty H.R., Gupta S.K., Dikshit A.K., (2009). An overview of sustainability assessment methodologies. Ecological indicators, 9(2): 189-212,, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2008.05.011
  14. Soler J., Arroyo J.M. (2013). Evaluaciòn de la seguridad alimentaria sostenible en el Magreb central con indicadores agregados. UNISCI Discussion Papers, (31).
  15. Stiglitz J., Sen A., Fitoussi J.P. (2009). The measurement of economic performance and social progress revisited. Reflections and overview. Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, Paris.
  16. Tobin J. (1970). On limiting the domain of inequality. JL & Econ., 13, 263,, DOI: 10.1086/466693
  17. Vindigni G., Peri I., Prosperi P. (2011). Open issues on the analysis of poverty: measuring and progressing towards the MDG goals. Economia e Diritto Agroalimentare, 16(3): 427-446.
  18. Warhurst A. (2002). Sustainability indicators and sustainability performance management. Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development [MMSD] project report, 43.
  19. WCED U. (1987). Our common future. World Commission on Environment and Development Oxford University Press.
  20. Godfrey L., Todd C. (2001). Defining Thresholds for Freshwater Sustainability Indicators within the Context of South African Water Resource Management. 2nd WARFA/Waternet Symposium: Integrated Water Resource Management: Theory, Practice, Cases. Cape Town, South Africa. In 2nd WARFA/Waternet Symposium: Integrated Water Resource Management: Theory, Practice, Cases. Cape Town, South Africa. http://www. waternetonline. ihe. nl/aboutWN/pdf/godfrey.pdf.
  21. Heinen J.T. (1994). Emerging, diverging and converging paradigms on sustainable development. The International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 1(1): 22-33,, DOI: 10.1080/13504509409469857
  22. Jochem R. (2011). Sustainability modeling as an enterprise quality requirement. Current Issues of Business & Law, 6(1).
  23. Kates R.W., Parris T.M. (2003). Long-term trends and a sustainability transition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100(14): 8062-8067,, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1231331100
  24. Lancker E., Nijkamp P. (2000). A policy scenario analysis of sustainable agricultural development options: a case study for Nepal. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 18(2): 111-124,, DOI: 10.3152/147154600781767493
  25. Lavoisier A.L. (1793). Traité élémentaire de chimie: présenté dans un ordre nouveau et d’après les découvertes modernes; avec figures (Vol. 1). Chez Cuchet, Libraire.
  26. Lundin M. (2003). Indicators for measuring the sustainability of urban water systems: A life cycle approach. Chalmers University of Technology.
  27. Martins A.A., Mata T.M., Costa C.A., Sikdar S.K. (2007). Framework for sustainability metrics. Industrial & engineering chemistry research, 46(10): 2962-2973,, DOI: 10.1021/ie060692l
  28. Meadows D.H. (1998). Indicators and information systems for sustainable development. Hartland: Sustainability Institute.
  29. Pinstrup-Andersen P. (2009). Food security: definition and measurement. Food security, 1(1): 5-7.
  30. Ramachandran N. (2000). Monitoring Sustainability: Indices and Techniques of Analysis. Concept Publishing Company.
  31. Rotmans J. (2006). Tools for integrated sustainability assessment: a two-track approach. Integrated Assessment, 6(4).

Paolo Prosperi, Iuri Peri, in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 1/2014, pp. 23-34, DOI:10.3280/RISS2014-001003


FrancoAngeli is a member of Publishers International Linking Association a not for profit orgasnization wich runs the CrossRef service, enabing links to and from online scholarly content