Sustaining Agriculture and the Rural Environment

Sustaining Agriculture and the Rural Environment : Governance, Policy and Multifunctionality

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Apart from food and raw materials, agriculture can also provide ancillary benefits such as landscapes, biodiversity, cultural heritage and thriving rural communities. This book offers a state-of-the-art overview of strategies for sustainable management practices and their implementation through the adoption of suitable instruments. Such practices aim to sustain and support the multiple functions provided by agriculture and natural resources in the rural countryside.

The authors explore the value of alternative governance structures and examine the design of policy models and institutional mechanisms for a range of different countries and agricultural methods. The empirical results allow them to identify successful examples as well as recognize practices which have failed. They can then transfer positive policies to geographical areas or production systems where effective and efficient strategies for the sustainable management of natural resources are urgently needed. In doing so, the authors hope to improve the design, identification and implementation of appropriate policy instruments to help sustain the rural economy in the future. They also aim to strengthen the establishment of markets for nature which overcome institutional constraints.

This timely new book explores emerging perspectives on multifunctionality in agriculture and the rural environment. It will be widely read by academics, researchers and policymakers with an interest in agricultural and resource economics, environmental governance and sustainable development.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31.75mm | 725.75g
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843762560
  • 9781843762560
  • 2,266,218

Table of contents

Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Part I: Concept and Policy Design 2. Multifunctionality as an Agricultural and Rural Policy Concept 3. Jointness of Production as a Market Concept 4. Methodologies for Agri-Environmental Policy Design Part II: Country and Regional Case Studies of Multifunctionality 5. Multifunctionality in European Agriculture 6. Assessing Multifunctionality of European Livestock Systems 7. Integrated Rural Development in Mountain Areas 8. The Dynamics of Local Survival in Greek LFAs 9. Institutional Approaches to Sustain Rural Landscapes in France 10. Multifunctionality in Agriculture and the Contestable Public Domain in the Netherlands 11. Functions of Agriculture in Urban Society in the Netherlands 12. Olive Oil Production and the Rural Economy in Spain Part III: Emerging Perspectives on Multifunctionality 13. Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe 14. Segregation and Multifunctionality in New Zealand Landscapes 15. The Multiple Roles of Agriculture in Developing Countries 16. Multifunctionality and Trade Disciplines in North America Part IV: Outlook 17. Methodology and Action: Economic Rationales and Agri-Environmental Policy Choices Index
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About Floor Brouwer

Edited by Floor Brouwer, Senior Research Scholar, Research Unit on Environment, Nature and Landscape, LEI (Wageningen University and Research Centre), The Hague, The Netherlands
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