OASIS - the Original Agroecological Survey and Indicator System

Many indicator systems that assess the sustainability of agricultural systems have been developed in the past. OASIS, however, is one of the first analytical frameworks specifically designed to assess where a farm is on the trajectory of transition towards agroecology.

OASIS allows the necessary data to be collected in a two-and-a-half-hour interview per farm, which makes national surveys possible. The selected criteria are simple and easily understandable. They look at agricultural activities from the farmer’s point of view.

Five main dimensions are addressed in the framework:

– Agroecological farming practices
– Economic viability
– Socio-political aspects
– Environment and biodiversity
– Resilience

OASIS can be used to help farmers in evaluating their progress through yearly evaluations. It can also be useful for other stakeholders such as decision-makers, advisors, researchers, students, and citizens. It may be used for mapping the state of development of agroecological practices in a geographical area and collecting statistical data. It can also support an agroecological certification system that would inform buyers about the agroecological transition level of the farm selling a product, and in this way promote food products produced in an agroecological way.