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.



The Cost Relationships Among Various Environmental Benefits

Lessons from Agro-Environmental Schemes

The agricultural sector jointly provides a series of marketed and non-marketed goods, among which environmental benefits play an increasingly important role. This positive characteristic of farming is acknowledged by the European Union's current policy with agri-environmental measures providing public financing of programs under several headings such as extensification, grassland maintenance, landscape, and nature protection. These policies are expected to be continued and even reinforced. They rely on voluntary agreements with farmers: entrants are compensated for complying with a package of prescribed farming practices designed to secure conservation goals. To be effective from an environmental perspective, uptake is a key factor.


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