A MULTIFUNCTIONAL AGRICULTURE IN THE BIO-ECONOMY ERA: THE GLOBAL AND LOCAL CHALLENGES

G. Van Huylenbroeck

Abstract


In this paper we want to discuss the challenges for modern agriculture and rural development in the light of present global and local trends. We start by describing the global challenges, next we describe the challenges for European agriculture and ask the question whether multifunctional agriculture and biobased economy can be a response to these challenges. Finally we describe the possible future evolution of farm enterprises based on two models: the competitive farms serving global chains and the multifunctional farms serving more local demands. The paper ends with some conclusions.

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