What is the Sustainable Agriculture Matrix (SAM)?
The Sustainable Agriculture Matrix (SAM; Figure 1) is a framework developed by a transdisciplinary & transnational team that provides an assessment of a country’s agricultural sustainability thereby informing policy & promoting accountability at the national & global scale. The first edition of SAM , released in 2021, provides the first-of-its-kind assessment for over 150 countries around the world with 18 related & measurable indicators, covering aspects across three dimensions: environmental (e.g., water availability, soil health), economic (e.g., market access, agricultural labor productivity), & social (e.g., farmer’s wellbeing, equality). Based on the assessment, we provided a score report of agriculture sustainability for each country (Fig. 1). This effort has been recognized  as a vital tool to ensure the accountability of our countries’ commitments towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, & was recently funded by the Belmont Forum  to further engage a broader group of stakeholders to explore uses of this rich data to inform policies & stakeholder actions.
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