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.



To what extent is rural development a joint product of agriculture?

Overview and Policy Implications

In 1998, at the Ministerial meeting of the Committee for Agriculture, OECD Agricultural Ministers acknowledged that the role of agriculture is going beyond the provision of food and fibre [...] by contributing to rural development and generating environmental and amenity services for which there are often no or very imperfect markets (OECD, 1998). The Ministers used the term "multifunctionality" to describe this role.


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