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Multifunctionality and Rural Development in the EU: A Comparative Analysis


  • Roberto Henke
  • Maria Carmela Macrì
  • Daniela Storti


The paper focuses on the relationship between multifunctionality in agriculture and rural development policies in the light of the ongoing debate in Europe on possible strategies to enhance the secondary functions of agriculture. More in details, it examines the widespread but ambiguous identification of the so-called CAP “second pillar” policies as the strategy tout court for the valorisation of multifunctionality, especially in their territorial component. Actually, if one accepts the definition of multifunctionality as the joint production of primary (agricultural) and secondary (externalities) goods, it is rather the sector-based component of rural development policies that can contribute to the enhancement of the multifunctional role of agriculture. The paper compares the way multifunctionality has been enhanced within the rural development programmes of three member States (Italy, United Kingdom and France) on the basis of three parameters: the beneficiaries of the specific actions; the nature of the explicit goals pursued; possible constraints imposed on the goals.

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  • Roberto Henke & Maria Carmela Macrì & Daniela Storti, 2005. "Multifunctionality and Rural Development in the EU: A Comparative Analysis," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 2, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0019

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    1. Alan Randall, 2002. "Valuing the outputs of multifunctional agriculture," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 29(3), pages 289-307, July.
    2. Gatto, Emilio & Henke, Roberto & Velazquez, Beatriz E., 2002. "Rural Development Policies And Non Trade Concerns: The Case Of Italy," Working Papers 14798, National Institute of Agricultural Economics, Italy - INEA, Osservatorio Sulle Politiche Agricole dell'UE.
    3. Fabrizio De Filippis & Daniela Storti, 2002. "Le politiche di sviluppo rurale nell´unione europea: un secondo pilastro tutto da inventare," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0025, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
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    CAP; Second Pillar; Rural Development Programmes; Sector Based Policies; Territorial;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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