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A Multi-criteria decision analysis framework tool for the selection of farm business models on organic mountain farms
Karmen Pažek, Črtomir Rozman, Franc Bavec, Andreja Borec, Martina Bavec, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: Mountain regions are important producers of organic food. For them, reliable decision making regarding business planning necessitates different critical support methods. KARSIM 1.0 (DSM) is a methodology based on an integrated deterministic simulation system application for decision-making support, consisting of 74 deterministic production simulation models. DSM enables different types of cost and financial feasibility calculations for organic production and food processing. KARSIM 1.0 was used to simulate three specific business alternatives for mountain organic farms. (Alternative 1: spelt grain, fruit cider, wine and brandy, plum brandy, calves meat and sheep-soft cheese production, Alternative 2: spelt flour, pear and apple juice, plum brandy, veal and sheep's milk, Alternative 3: spelt grain, dried fruit, calves, soft and hard sheep cheese). Simulation model results were compared using two multi-objective analysis methods: the analytical hierarchical process (Expert Choice Decision Support System software) and DEX-i method. the results showed the bigest multi-objective decision evaluation for alternative 2 (Expert Choice = 0.361 and DEX-i evaluation = excellent). We can conclude that the combination of a deterministic cost simulation model and multi-criteria decision analysis present an acceptable decision support tool for mountain organic farms; however, further research is desirable.
Keywords: simulation modeling, KARSIM 1.0, MCDA, DEXži, analytical hierarchical process, mountain organic farms
Published: 05.06.2012; Views: 1544; Downloads: 109
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The Decision support system for supplementary activies on organic farms
Karmen Pažek, Črtomir Rozman, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: In this paper we present the decision support system for ranking food processing projects on organic farms. The system is based on simulation modeling and multi criteria decision analysis. The deterministic simulation system KARSIM EKO 1.0 (DSM) consists out of deterministic production simulation models that enable different types of costs calculations for organic production and on farm food processing in the framework of supplementary activities. Simulation models results were further evaluated using a qualitative multi-attribute modeling methodology, supported by the software tool DEX-i and quantitative analytical hierarchical process - AHP, supported by Expert Choice 2000 TM software. The analysis showed that by using current model input parameter the combination of apple cider, apple vinegar and plum brandy (business alternative 1) results with the best multicriteria evaluation (EC=0,413 and DEX-i evaluation = very good).
Keywords: simulation modeling, KARSIM EKO 1.0, expert choice (AHP), DEX-i, organic farming, suplementary activities
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 657; Downloads: 28
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