Supply Chain Management
Measuring Critical Governance Sustainability at Various Levels: The Case of Bulgarian Agriculture

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Pub. Date : Dec, 20
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSCM11220
Author Name : Hrabrin Bachev
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Subject/Domain : Strategic
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No. of Pages : 40



In Bulgaria, like in many other countries, practically there are no comprehensive assessments of the governance sustainability of agriculture and its importance for the overall agrarian development. This study tries to fill the gap and suggests a holistic framework for understanding and assessing the governance sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture. The newly elaborated approach is "tested" in a large-scale study for assessing the governance sustainability of country's agriculture at national, sectoral, regional, ecosystem and farm levels. The study has proved that it is important to include the "missing" governance pillar in the assessment of the integral sustainability of agriculture and sustainability of agro-systems of various types. Multiple principles, criteria and indicators assessment of the governance sustainability of Bulgarian agriculture indicate that the overall governance sustainability is at a "good" but very close to the "satisfactory" level. Besides, there is a considerable differentiation in the level of integral governance sustainability of different agro-systems in the country. What is more, the individual indicators with the highest and lowest sustainability values determine the "critical" factors enhancing and deterring the particular and integral governance sustainability of evaluated agro-system. Last but not the least, results on the integral agrarian sustainability assessment based on micro (farm) and macro (statistical, etc.) data show some discrepancies which have to be taken into consideration in the analysis and interpretation, while assessment indicators, methods and data sources further improved.


A common feature of all suggested and practically used modern systems for assessing sustainability of agro-systems is incorporation of three "dimensions" or "pillars" of sustainability-economic, social and environmental (EC, 2001; OECD, 2001; Lopez-Ridauira et al., 2002; Sauvenier et al., 2005; VanLoon et al., 2005; Singh et al., 2009; Hayati et al., 2010; FAO, 2013; Lowrance et al., 1986; Bachev et al., 2017; Kamalia et al., 2017; Cruz et al., 2018; and Terziev et al., 2018). There has been increased attention, in the last few years, on (good) "governance" as a key for achieving multiple goals of sustainable development at corporate, sectoral, national and international levels (Gibson, 2006; Bosselmann et al., 2008; Bachev, 2010; Simberova et al., 2012; UN, 2015; Kayizari, 2018; and EU, 2019). What is more, the list of sustainability objectives has been constantly growing, encompassing numerous governance, cultural, ethical, etc. standards and goals (Bachev, 2010; and Scobie and Young, 2018). Simultaneously "new" (cultural, human,

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