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TITLE Harvesting knowledge of multifunctional agriculture   top-mard_en.pdf (4.02 MB)
Document ID LIB130
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 30/03/2005
Document reference TOP-MARD
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Agriculture


Short description  TOP-MARD will offer rural development policy-makers the information they need to draft better strategies. The project will:
· Identify and analyse the multiple functions of agriculture in a range of rural contexts
· Quantify the relationships between various goods and services, assessing the links between these multiple functions and the development of rural areas
· Measure the influence of different EU, national and local policies on the above relationships and functions
· Use special software to help build a policy model of multifunctional agriculture and rural development
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  There are many facets to agriculture’s ‘multifunctional’ impact on rural development. Produce is grown and sold, but there are also more indirect influences, such as farming’s impact on landscapes, which in turn can affect tourism and local prosperity. But it is difficult to gauge precisely how the multifunctional nature of agriculture can influence the economic, environmental, cultural and social ...

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