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Experiments in sustainable rural livelihood in Finland


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  • Pekka Jokinen
  • Marja Jarvela
  • Suvi Huttunen
  • Antti Puupponen
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    This paper addresses rural development and farm level action in Finland by posing the following main questions: What is the pioneering potential of small-scale entrepreneurship in enhancing rural sustainability? What are the specialisations feasible for such entrepreneurship in the present societal circumstances? What kind of local networking does it take to sustain on-farm activity for rural sustainability? We present empirical evidence from Central Finland about the ways in which both local food entrepreneurship and farm-based renewable energy production add to the rural livelihood and particularly to its social dimension. It is concluded that there is a potential overall impact on sustainable rural livelihood generated by novel entrepreneurship in local food and heat production.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology.

    Volume (Year): 7 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 211-228

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:7:y:2008:i:3:p:211-228

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    Keywords: rural development; rural sustainability; farming; multifunctionality; small-scale entrepreneurship; rural-environmental policy; local food production; renewable energy production; Finland; sustainable development; agriculture; local networking; rural livelihoods; heat production.;


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    1. Jokinen, Pekka & Aakkula, Jyrki & Kroger, Laura, 6. "Multifunctionality and policy learning in the finnish agri-environmental policy subsystem: A multilevel governance perspective," Rural Areas and Development, European Rural Development Network, vol. 6.


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