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Environment Systems and Decisions

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 427–439 | Cite as

Simulation and mathematical programming decision-making support for smallholder farming

  • Andrew J. CollinsEmail author
  • Kasi Bharath Vegesana
  • Michael J. Seiler
  • Patrick O’Shea
  • Prasanna Hettiarachchi
  • Frederic McKenzie
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Abstract

Many mathematical programs have been developed over the past 50 years to aid agricultural experts and other farming decision-makers. The application of these mathematical programs has seen limited success because their development has focused on mathematical theory as opposed to the requirements needed for application. This paper describes the development of two mathematical programs that were designed to integrate with a visualization simulation that aids a nontraditional group of agricultural decision-makers: illiterate Sri Lankan subsistence farmers. The simulation was designed to help these illiterate farmers make business decisions about their crop selection choices which, in turn, will help them develop their business plans required for obtaining bank micro-loans. This paper’s focus is on the use of linear programming as a potential tool to demonstrate the benefits of crop diversification and rotation to the farmer based on various available crop types. It also highlights the issues using such an approach.

Keywords

Agriculture Farming Mathematical programming Modeling and simulation Visualization 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would also like to thank the Old Dominion University’s Office of Research for their generous support of this project through their Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program (ODU# 523521).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew J. Collins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kasi Bharath Vegesana
    • 1
  • Michael J. Seiler
    • 2
  • Patrick O’Shea
    • 3
  • Prasanna Hettiarachchi
    • 4
  • Frederic McKenzie
    • 1
  1. 1.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.The College of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  3. 3.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  4. 4.SaarakethaColomboSri Lanka

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