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CAPITALISATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS ON THE MULTIFUNCTIONALITY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AREAS

CAPITALISATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS ON THE MULTIFUNCTIONALITY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AREAS

Objective

One of the guiding principles of Priority 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems is to promote scientific research to provide support to the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development. The capitalisation process, in the way that it has been conceived in Multagri SSA, addresses several aspects directly related with the objectives of this Strategy. The aim of this proposal is to provide a complete overview of the research that has been done, particulary in Europe, in the different aspects related to Multifonctionality of agriculture. The essential approach adopted in this initiative is founded on the premise that for agriculture to be sustainable its multifonctional dimension must be acknowledged and promoted. Previous works have primitted the identification of the main axes in which the state-of-the-art review will be developed. The proposed framework of analysis has considered mutiple topics that are the subject of research on multifunctionality of agriculture and shape some of the current debates on this notion, such as definitions and interpretations of this term, production systems that privilege the provision of certain functions, methodologies and tools to assess the different roles of agriculture, institutional settings to acknowledge them, societal demands for additional goods and services from agriculture and related policy making and evaluation. Issues such as equitable regional development, food secutity and safety, natural resource conservation, rural income generation and global sustainability - explicitly revealed in the Strategy for Sustainable Development as key concerns - , are covered by the concept of Multifunctionality of agriculture, and therefore, make part of the analysis of the state-of-the -art proposed by Multagri SSA. By providing a set of recommendations on futur research, this proposal will contribute to strenghten the necessary scientific knowledge for the future orientation of the SD strategy and the 6th F.P.

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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

Address

Parc De Tourvoie
Bp 44 Antony

France

Administrative Contact

Dominique CAIROL (Mr)

Participants (7)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Czechia

LEIBNIZ-CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPE AND LAND USE RESEARCH

Germany

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

INSTITUTE FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH AT J. W. GOETHE - UNIVERSITY FRANKFURT (MAIN)

Germany

CENTRE DE COOPÉRATION INTERNATIONAL EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505297

  • Start date

    1 February 2004

  • End date

    31 July 2005

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 000 443

  • EU contribution

    € 899 999

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

France