Multifunctionality in Agriculture

Evaluating the degree of jointness, policy implications

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These proceedings examine the nature and strength of jointness between agricultural commodity production and non-commodity outputs from the perspective of three areas important to the agricultural sector: rural development, environmental externalities and food security. This workshop also examined whether the relationships among these non-commodity outputs were complementary or competing. Finally, the policy implications that could be derived from the findings of this workshop were also a key element in the discussions and are summarised in the Rapporteur’s summary.



Agricultural Multifunctionality and Village Viability

a Case Study from Japan

The discussion on multifunctionality has evolved since the publication of Multifunctionality: Its Policy Implications (OECD, 2003), which developed a framework for developing appropriate agricultural policies without distorting trade liberalisation. Nevertheless, problems with multifunctionality in agriculture persist; one of the more significant problems revolves around the extent that there exists jointness between farming activities and multifunctionality.


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