Agricultural and Farm Development

In this research, we study the ability of agricultural firms and industry sectors to withstand shock. This shock-resistance is the degree to which a firm or sector can handle strategies for sustainability and survival, or the degree to which they are vulnerable to environmental, social and economic evolution. For example, ILVO studies how a production system functions within its physical environment, the market and existing policy, and how the agro-food chain and the agro-ecological system evolve. Researchers also develop teaching and application models for the different levels of decision making (quantitative decision-support techniques).

More details on the ILVO research portal

Learning Processes

Learning processesDeveloping toward sustainability assumes a degree of awareness and active adoption of new production techniques. Indicators and integral sustainability assessments are instruments to support the learning process within the business. In this research, we study whether using these instruments in a social context (e.g. study clubs) can increase the success of the learning and eventual adoption of the instrument.

More details on the ILVO research portal

Shock-Resistant Agricultural Systems

Shock-resistant agricultural systemsIn addition to competitivity, the shock resistance of agricultural systems is the main challenge for the future. Shock resistance is studied on several levels (technology, business, industry sector) and in several dimensions (financial, social, ecological, and in terms of food safety and animal welfare). In this research, we strive to correct analysis techniques methodologically as well as give recommendations to businesses and policy-makers.

More details on the ILVO research portal

Business Management

Business managementBusiness managers and policy-makers are making decisions that lead to increased sustainability. Business leaders made decisions based on technology and aspects of production, market conditions and current policy. Scientifically supported and communicative business models, based on mathematical programming techniques, can support these decisions.

More details on the ILVO research portal

Agro-Ecology

Agro-ecologyIn agriculture, choices are interwoven with the ecological system. Agro-ecology studies these interactions and stimulates the transition to sustainable agriculture. The study of agro-ecological intensive culture systems considers methods where natural processes (ecosystem services) can be called upon to reduce the input of external inputs, without any reduction in yield. Important themes are integrated pest management (IPM), agroforestry, organic agriculture, and sustainable soil management. Further, ecological indicators provide decision support at the level of the business, collaboration and policy.

More details on the ILVO research portal

Collaboration throughout the Agro-Food Chain

Collaboration throughout the Agro-Food ChainAgricultural production is one link in the agro-food chains. These food chains are increasingly demanding sustainable products. In addition, the price-setting within these chains is a recurring question, and the flow of innovation and knowledge is crucial. Sustainable worth, life-cycle analysis, certification, etc. must shed light on the information flow within these chains.

More details on the ILVO research portal