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About this book
About this book
In large parts of the world, the reduction in viability of agriculture and rural areas is an escalating problem. Driven by a range of factors, including insufficient economic returns from land used agriculturally, ageing populations in rural areas and limited economic perspectives from agriculture and other land-based activities, marginalisation could induce harmful abandonment of the land or the loss of biodiversity and landscape features. New perspectives arise in rural areas and multifunctionality is often seen as a strategy to cope with marginalisation. This important new book offers a contemporary overview of strategies employed to cope with marginalisation of the land and improve viability of the rural countryside. The volume is based on detailed case studies undertaken in Europe, the USA, Japan and a number of developing countries.
Contents:Preface1. IntroductionFloor Brouwer and Teunis van RheenenPART I: UNDERSTANDING MARGINALISATION AND MULTIFUNCTIONALITY2. Understanding Marginalisation in the Periphery of Europe: A Multidimensional ProcessTeresa Pinto-Correia and Bas Breman3. Multifunctionality: What Do We Know It Is?Patrick Caron and Dominique Cairol4. The Clock is Ticking for Rural AmericaMichael DuffyPART II: EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN VIABILITY OF AGRICULTURE5. Northern European Features and Vulnerability to Marginalisation: Exploring Indicators and Modes of CopingShivcharn S. Dhillion, Anna Martha Elgersma, Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom and Hilkka Vihinen6. Marginalisation of Rural Economies in the Czech Republic and HungaryAlajos Feher, Josef Fanta, Gabor Szabo and Frantiek Zemek7. Rural Amenities in Mountain AreasThomas Dax and Georg Wiesinger8. Marginalisation in Spanish Dry Areas: The Case of Villafafila Lagoons ReserveJordi Rosell, Lourdes Viladomiu and Anna Zamora9. How Visible is Marginalisation in Europe?Teunis van Rheenen and Floor BrouwerPART III: SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES10. High Nature Value Farming and the Agrifood Chain in JapanYoichi Matsuki and Miki Nagamatsu11. Social Capital - A Dynamic Force Against Marginalisation?Georg Wiesinger, Hilkka Vihinen, Marja-Liisa Tapio-Bistrom and Gabor Szabo12. Understanding the Quality of Agricultural Land Use SystemsAnna Martha Elgersma, Shivcharn S. Dhillion, Arnold Arnoldussen, Josef Fanta and Eva Boucnikova13. Reflections and Emerging Perspectives on Changing Land Management PracticesFloor Brouwer and Teunis van RheenenIndex