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Niels Halberg

Exploring the multifunctional role of farming systems

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  • Department of Agroecology and Environment
  • Farming systems
Public expectations of farming practices are changing from a demand for environmentally "sustainable farming practices" to farming making an "enhanced contribution to the development of the rural areas", the so-called multifunctionality. Based on our research model of including farmers in the development of eco-friendly farming systems, we propose that the achievement of these changed expectations could be facilitated through an appropriate research and development initiative in several European regions. Key elements in such a project sould include: (i) the establishment of platforms for dialogue and development of relevant indicators of multifunctional effects (ii) documentation of results obtained from a number of fams and (iii) analysis of development opportunities in the light of the changes "requested". Participants in the regional platform for communication will include farmers, regional policy makers and administrators, grassroots movements and research staff. It is expected that such a coordinated research initiative can revitalize the contribution of farming to rural development and yield important insight to be used by the individual farmer in coping with future challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging European farming systems for a better future : New visions for rural areas
EditorsHans Langeveld, Niels Röling
Number of pages5
Place of publicationThe Netherlands
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Publication year2006
ISBN (print)90-86860-02-8
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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