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.



Evaluation of Jointness in Swiss Agriculture

Since the 1990's, the term multifunctionality has served to define those public services provided by agriculture which are linked to production. The concept of multifunctionality is internationally recognised in that multifunctional services serve as the basis upon which instruments for agricultural support are justified and accepted. Indeed, some countries base their agricultural policies on the concept of multifunctionality. In Switzerland, direct payments compensate multifunctional services provided by agriculture under the terms of the Swiss Federal Constitution.


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