Vol. 76 No. 2 (2021)
Research Articles

The sustainability of social farming: a study through the Social Return on Investment methodology (SROI)

Francesco Basset
University of Roma Tre
Francesca Giarè
CREA - Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy
Published September 24, 2021
Keywords
  • sustainability,
  • social farming,
  • social inclusion,
  • social return on investment,
  • quantification of social benefit
How to Cite
Basset, F., & Giarè, F. (2021). The sustainability of social farming: a study through the Social Return on Investment methodology (SROI). Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 76(2), 45-55. https://doi.org/10.36253/rea-13096

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to study the sustainability of Social farming (SF), with attention to practices addressed people suffering from addictions. In this study the Social Return on Investment (SROI) has been used as assessment methodology; has been used, which is increasingly used to approach the quantification of social, environmental and economic benefits on different types of investment. The SF activity of the Agricoltura Capodarco Cooperative was studied in order to evaluate the outcome in monetary terms taking into account all the beneficiaries involved. The application of SROI allowed to estimate a return of investment, coming mainly from the social component, ranging from 1,89 to 4,10 times, according to the degree of conservativeness of the estimates. The study extends both the analysis of SF to people categories only marginally addressed before and the application fields of SROI as assessment methodology. 

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