Appréciation et comparaison de la durabilité des exploitations agricoles biologiques et conventionnelles en Tunisie: cas de l’oléiculture dans la région de Sfax
New Medit, vol 8, n.1, (March 2009), pp. 10-19
Jel classification: Q120, Q010
This research has been carried out to assess the sustainability of the Tunisian olive-growing farms and to compare the sustainability level of organic and conventional farms. A survey of 62 olive growers was conducted in the region of Sfax in Tunisia. An empirical analysis was done to evaluate the sustainability of the organic farms compared to the conventional ones according to the French IDEA method (Farms Sustainability Indicators). The IDEA indicators suggested a higher ranking of the organic farms on the sustainability scale, which confirms the assumption that organic farming is more sustainable than conventional agriculture. Also, this investigation highlighted the importance of organic farming as a sustainable production method on three scales: ecological, socio-territorial and economic.
olive-growing farms, organic production, sustainability, Tunisia