By definition, the word "sustain" implies long-term support or permanence. As it pertains to agriculture, sustainable describes farming systems that are "capable of maintaining their productivity and usefulness to society indefinitely. Such systems... must be resource-conserving, socially supportive, commercially competitive, and environmentally sound."
One of MAA’s major objectives is to implement sustainable living. This involves education initiatives, use of economic incentives and the development of new and appropriate technologies. These are important to ensure families are able to maintain stable incomes and be provided an opportunity to make a change in their lives.