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Multifunctional Agriculture As An Innovation Path For Rural Areas


  • Madureira, Livia Maria Costa
  • Costa, Susete


The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential of MFA model to enhance innovation in rural areas build on the analysis of information from a database of best practices on innovation in EU rural areas collected by the RAPIDO project1. The analysis shows innovation to be strongly related to multiple-activity. This suggests the synergies between functions and land-uses to overlap the competition for resources between activities and that MFA shows a promising approach to enhance innovation in rural areas.

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  • Madureira, Livia Maria Costa & Costa, Susete, 2009. "Multifunctional Agriculture As An Innovation Path For Rural Areas," 113th Seminar, December 9-11, 2009, Belgrade, Serbia 57644, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ea113a:57644

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    Innovation; Multifunctionality; Rural areas; Sustainability; Agribusiness; Community/Rural/Urban Development;

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