Review Article Environmental policy and management
1. Food Losses and Waste: A Global Overview with a Focus on Near East and North Africa Region

Sinisa Berjan; Roberto Capone; Philipp Debs; Hamid El Bilali

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 1-16

Abstract
  Food losses refer to edible food mass decrease throughout the human food chain. Food losses occurring at consumption stage are called food waste. Food Losses and Waste (FLW) represent one of the most critical social, economic and ecological challenges facing humanity, besides being also an ethical issue. ...  Read More

Review Article Environmental policy and management
2. The Slow Food Model: A Road for Small-Scale Productions in a Globalised Market

Michele Fonte Francesco

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 17-23

Abstract
  The paper presents the articulated strategy of valorization, implemented by the international movement called Slow Food in Italy and abroad in order to reconsider the concept of agricultural profitability. In particular, the paper suggests profitability lays on the value markets recognize to agricultural ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
3. Socioeconomic Determinants Influencing the Willingness of Agriculture Undergraduates to Participate in Agripreneurship in Northwest Nigeria

Aliyu Akilu Barau; Gbolagade Benjamin Adesiji

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 25-34

Abstract
  The study analyzed the socioeconomic determinants influencing the willingness of the agriculture undergraduates to participate in agripreneurship in Northwest, Nigeria. The study employed a questionnaire to obtain primary data. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 150 respondents from the ...  Read More

Original Article
4. Estimating the Cost of Water and the Economic Value of Water in the Farmlands Covered by Man-Made Ponds: A Case Study of the Alborz Project Area in Iran

Mojtaba Nabizadeh Zolpirani; Hamid Amirnejad; Ali Shahnazari

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 35-46

Abstract
  Water pricing is considered as one of the most important management tools of water resources, which can result in optimized allocation in the agricultural sector. In this regard, this study estimated the cost of water and the value of water in the farmlands covered by the selected manmade ponds (MMPs) ...  Read More

Original Article Decision-making
5. Evaluation and Ranking of Citrus Gardens’ Risks Using TOPSIS Method (Case Study: East of Mazandaran Province)

Simin Dokht Ghasemian; Gholamreza Yavari; Vahid Majed; Abolfazl Mahmodi; Abolfazl Javadian

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 47-63

Abstract
  Citrus production has a great importance and position in Iran. The growth and sustainability of the agriculture sector is impossible without appropriate and effective risk identification and management. In this study, the main risks of citrus gardens were identified based on the Delphi method through ...  Read More

Original Article Farming Systems
6. Energy Flows Modeling and Economic Evaluation of Watermelon Production in Fars Province of Iran

Sajad Rostami; Maryam Lotfalian; Bahram Hosseinzadeh; Mahdi Ghasemi-Varnamkhasti

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 65-79

Abstract
  This study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of energy consumption and economic analysis of different watermelon cultivation systems in Fars Province of Iran. Watermelon production systems were classified into five systems, namely, custom tillage (group 1), conservation tillage (group 2), traditional ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
7. Role of Knowledge Management in Empowerment of Agriculture Organization’s Experts in Ilam Province, Iran

Alireza Poursaeed; Hoda Akbaripour

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 81-89

Abstract
  The purpose of this research was to determine knowledge management in the empowerment of the experts of Agricultural Organization in Ilam County of Iran. The statistical population was composed of all employees with the organizational positions of expert or higher in Agricultural Organization of Ilam ...  Read More

Original Article Farm Management
8. An Assessment of the Sustainability of Agricultural Systems in Golestan Province, Iran

Majid Rostami; Hoda Mohammadi

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 91-100

Abstract
  Sustainable agriculture is a holistic approach to produce food, fiber, feed and fuel in a way that does not damage the environment and also must meet the needs of the present and future population of the world, while considering agro-ecosystem health, social and economic equity and profitability. Therefore, ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
9. Determinants of the Social Health of Rural Women in Ghale-Shahin Rural District in Kermanshah Province, Iran

Somayeh Shahbazi; Ali Asghar Mirakzadeh; Amirhossein Alibaygi

Volume 8, Issue 1 , Winter 2018, Pages 101-112

Abstract
  Social health is essential to social development of rural communities, especially rural women, in order to promote their welfare as well as their human and social capital. The present research was applied in terms of objective, and it was implemented using different approaches to examine the social health ...  Read More