This site supplies resources related to the Farm DESIGN model.

The model was originally developed as FARM by Gerard Oomen and Fons Habets, and was implemented with a windows-based graphical user interface by Jeroen Groot. It was extended with a multi-objective optimization algorithm employing Pareto-based Differential Evolution (DE), to allow exploration of trade-offs and synergies between model indicators such as economic results and organic matter balance.

Farm DESIGN is a product of the Farming Systems Ecology group (FSE) of Wageningen University. Please refer to theĀ scientific paper describing the modelĀ if you publish model outcomes generated with Farm DESIGN model. The PDF of the paper can be found in the Download section of this site.

You are free to use this model, but Wageningen University, FSE or the developers take no liability for errors or damage to your computer (hardware or software or data) that could result from using the model.

We are continuously improving and updating the model. If you have questions or suggestions for improvement please let us know.

Recent additions to the model include the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions (Tier 1 IPCC) and on-farm biogas production from crop residues and manures. Currently we are extending the model with human nutrition indicators and we work on better integration of the household into the model, including gender aspects that will allow to display the division of labor and revenue distribution among household members. In a later stage the model will be coupled to the spatially explicit Landscape IMAGES model, so that options for multiple farms within a landscape can be explored. The tool with these extensions will be applied with various partners in projects such as the CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics (Humidtropics), Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH - Nutrition Sensitive Landscapes) and MAIZE and WHEAT.