Impact evaluation based on benefit indicators (IEBBI): methodological proposal for agroecological farmers’ markets




Farmers’ markets. Organic markets. Short food chains. Impact assessment method. Agroecology. Socio-environmental project. Mexico.


Farmers’ markets represent a growing strategy for the generation of food sovereignty and sustainability; however, little is known about their impacts in economic, social and environmental terms. The objective of this research was to develop a framework that would allow determining that impact. The resulting methodological framework includes 20 indicators divided into seven groups: proximity, profitability, perceived benefits, areas of opportunity, economic impact, social impact, and environmental impact. This methodology was applied in one agroecological farmers’ market in Mexico City. Among the results, the main benefits are linked to socioeconomic interaction, while environmental impact indicators are the least considered. This methodology can guide the design, implementation, comparison, and monitoring of this type of initiative in the medium and long term.

The resulting methodological framework is made up of 20 indicators divided into seven groups: indicators of proximity, profitability, perceived benefits, areas of opportunity, economic impact, social impact, and environmental impact. This methodology can constitute a guide to public policy in the design, implementation, comparison, and monitoring of this type of initiatives in the medium and long term.


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Author Biography

David Pérez-Castillo, PhD in Administrative Sciences, Researcher, EGADE Business School, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Specialist in innovation for sustainability, agri-food chains, and circular economy. He is a professor at Tecnologico de Monterrey and at University of the Environment. He has been a consultant at FAO, the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Ministries for the Environment and Agriculture. He is a member of the Ashoka Network and the Multipliers Program for B-System Mexico.


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2021-08-30 — Updated on 2021-09-08


How to Cite

Pérez-Castillo, D. (2021). Impact evaluation based on benefit indicators (IEBBI): methodological proposal for agroecological farmers’ markets. Sustainability in Debate, 12(2), 219–253. (Original work published August 30, 2021)