‘Multi-swot’ multi-stakeholder-based sustainability assessment methodology: applied to improve Slovenian legume-based agri-food chains

Tanja Dergan*, Aneta Ivanovska, Tina Kocjančič, Pietro P.M. Iannetta, Marko Debeljak

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Abstract

Assessing the sustainability of agri-food chains is challenging for several reasons. It should account for the impacts on environmental, social, and economic wellbeing simultaneously, considering both the individual links in the chain and the chain as a whole. The primary aim of this study is to assess the conditions for meeting the sustainability criteria of a legume-based agri-food chain in Slovenia. Therefore, a quantitative sustainability assessment methodology was developed, using a multi-stakeholder approach, which upgraded the traditional SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis. Our approach, called ‘Multi-SWOT’, aggregates the SWOT table inputs identified by stakeholders into factors, themes and focus areas, according to their importance for the agri-food chain, for each sustainability pillar, and links in the chain. By accounting for the relative number of incentives (beneficial factors) and barriers (constraint factors) we identified those factors that enhance the sustainability of the Slovenian legume-based agri-food chain and the factors jeopardising it. The incorporation of multi-stakeholder perspectives presents an innovative approach that adds value to a standard SWOT analysis. The study serves as a guide to help decision-makers better understand the multidimensionality of sustainability and identify effective activities to support and strengthen the current legume agri-food chain in Slovenia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15374
Number of pages26
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume14
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Legume agri-food chain
  • Multi-stakeholder approach
  • Sustainability assessment
  • SWOT analysis

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