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Sustainability Reports

The measurement of agricultural sustainability is challenging. It is a broad concept covering diverse elements, which may vary through time and space. As such, relevant indicators are required to assess the sustainability status of Irish farms. Such metrics can highlight particular areas of concern or trends through time and indicate areas where improvement may be needed.

Deriving a sustainability indicator set is difficult. It requires detailed, accurate and consistent farm-level measurements and data across a wide range of physical, socioeconomic and demographic farm attributes. The Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) provides such a dataset.

The sustainability indicators used in these reports are grouped into four categories:

  • economic
  • environmental
  • social
  • innovation