Geo-Agricultural Database as a Platform for Mechanism Design

Takeshi Sato, Asako Imai, Tomoaki Murakami, Yukinaga Nishihara, Ryosuke Kikushima, Shinsaku Nakajima, Taro Takahashi*, Yasuhiro Nakashima

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In order to facilitate interdisciplinary design and appraisal of agricultural policies, a comprehensive database covering both geophysical and socioeconomic information related to agricultural production has been constructed for all 3,773 agricultural communities in Japan's Chiba Prefecture. The database covers four categories of information layers: (a) current and historic data on agricultural production (the "dependents"); (b) data on geophysical factors affecting agricultural production (the "unchangeables"); (c) data on man-made infrastructures affecting agricultural production (the "long-term changeables"); and (d) data on other socioeconomic factors affecting agricultural production (the "short-term changeables"). Three applications using the database are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-347
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Information
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • agricultural production
  • geo-database
  • mechanism design
  • spatial data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Information Systems and Management


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