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Experiments in sustainable rural livelihood in Finland

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  • Pekka Jokinen
  • Marja Jarvela
  • Suvi Huttunen
  • Antti Puupponen

Abstract

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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  • Pekka Jokinen & Marja Jarvela & Suvi Huttunen & Antti Puupponen, 2008. "Experiments in sustainable rural livelihood in Finland," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(3), pages 211-228.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:7:y:2008:i:3:p:211-228
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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.
    2. Järvelä Marja & Jokinen Pekka & Huttunen Suvi & Puupponen Antti, 2009. "Local food and reneweable energy as emerging new alternatives of rural sustainability in Finland," European Countryside, De Gruyter Open, vol. 1(2), pages 113-124, January.
    3. Järvelä Marja & Jokinen Pekka & Huttunen Suvi & Puupponen Antti, 2009. "Local food and reneweable energy as emerging new alternatives of rural sustainability in Finland," European Countryside, De Gruyter Open, vol. 1(2), pages 113-124, January.

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