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Theoretical And Policy Background To The Top-Mard Project (Towards A Policy Model Of Multifunctional Agriculture And Rural Development)


  • Bryden, John Marshall
  • Arandia Miura, Amaia
  • Johnson, Thomas G.


The TOP-MARD project is a 3-year, 11 country, project supported by the EU’s Framework 6 Programme for Research and Technology Development1. The aim of the research project was to build a policy model of multifunctional agriculture and rural development which would link the multiple functions of agriculture with the development and quality of life of rural regions, and explore the influence of different policies on rural development outcomes. In order to deal with both market and non-market outputs, and to explore dynamics over time, a systems modelling approach was adopted.

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  • Bryden, John Marshall & Arandia Miura, Amaia & Johnson, Thomas G., 2008. "Theoretical And Policy Background To The Top-Mard Project (Towards A Policy Model Of Multifunctional Agriculture And Rural Development)," 107th Seminar, January 30-February 1, 2008, Sevilla, Spain 6396, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa107:6396

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    1. Steven C. Deller & Tsung-Hsiu (Sue) Tsai & David W. Marcouiller & Donald B.K. English, 2001. "The Role of Amenities and Quality of Life In Rural Economic Growth," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 83(2), pages 352-365.
    2. Rosenberger, Randall S. & Walsh, Richard G., 1997. "Nonmarket Value Of Western Valley Ranchland Using Contingent Valuation," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 22(02), December.
    3. Rigoberto A. Lopez & Farhed A. Shah & Marilyn A. Altobello, 1994. "Amenity Benefits and the Optimal Allocation of Land," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 70(1), pages 53-62.
    4. McGranahan, David A., 1999. "Natural Amenities Drive Rural Population Change," Agricultural Economics Reports 33955, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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