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Multifunctional agriculture
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Aguglia Laura - Henke Roberto - Salvioni Cristina
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9788849518313
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Formato
17x24
Nr. Pagine
136
Mese Pubblicazione
Luglio
Anno Pubblicazione
2009

In this volume, which follows other more exploratory studies of multifunctionality conducted by our Institute, our goal is to go beyond defining and collocating theories of multifunctionality, though these questions certainly remain unresolved in scientific debate. More particularly, our work is concentrated on the causes that determine multifunctionality practices chosen by farmers; in other words, a conscious process of turning to new forms of production and new products, fulfilling the need to diversify activities and income to survive, but also to provide an "entrepreneurial" answer to the need for new goods and services demanded by society. This work also reveals that multifunctionality is not necessarily an expression of marginal or "survival" agriculture, but is increasingly a rational, conscious choice for all kinds of farms, on one hand to grasp all opportunities provided by agricultural and rural development policy, and on the other, to play a different role in the agri-food system and society as a whole. This work began as part of a biennial project funded by the Ministry for Agricultural and Food Policies, entitled "Agricoltura italiana in movimento: dinamiche strutturali e mutamenti nella distribuzione della ricchezza e del reddito" (Italian Agriculture on the Move: Structural Dynamics and Changes in Distribution of Wealth and Income) (AGRIM), and was developed as an activity of INEA's Observatory of EU Agriculture Policy. The first chapter presents a theoretical reflection on the evolution of the concept of multifunctionality and its relevance as a busines strategy for farmers to diversify income and farm activities. Following chapters present data and methodology for analysing the ways multifunctionality is adopted by Italian farms and results of application of the model of choice of adoption of individual multifunctionality practices identified in the FADN data bank, especially: organic farming, direct saies, low-impact techniques, and certification of origin and typical products. The last chapter will sum up analyses, proposing the results of a multivariate model, taking explicit consideration of the interactions among decisions to adopt multiple multifunctionality practices.

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