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Multifunctionality of agriculture: an inquiry into the complementarity between landscape preservation and food security

  • Rolf Jens Brunstad
  • Ivar Gaasland
  • Erling Vardal

Without support, the levels of agricultural public goods such as food security and landscape preservation would fall short of demand in high-cost countries. However, as demonstrated by Norway as a case study, the current level of support is disproportionate from a public goods perspective, and the policy instruments are badly targeted at the public goods in question. Because agricultural land is a major component of both food security and landscape preservation, giving rise to a high degree of cost complementarity between the public goods, it would be more efficient to support land-extensive production techniques than production per se. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 469-488

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