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The long subtitle specifies the areas of research undertaken by a team of agricultural and rural economists and economists with other specialties, planners, policy advisors, and development specialists, under the auspices of a project (identified as the TOP-MARD project) sponsored by the European Union. Lead editor John M. Bryden (Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Oslo; emeritus, U. of Aberdeen, Scotland), the other six editors provide overview essays detailing a new approach to rural development policies and the theory and methodology of studies exploring inter-relationships among multiple significant factors. Sixteen chapters in all offer detailed results of the research project and implications for policy. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book presents the methodology and results of a three-year, eleven-country science-to-policy research project, Toward a Policy Model of Multifunctional Agriculture and Rural Development, undertaken between 2005 and 2008 and financed under the European Union's Sixth Framework program. It deals with an important contemporary policy issue, how best to ensure that an agriculturally-based policy can contribute to the development of rural regions. It tackles this problem in a number of different but complementary ways, primarily by the development of a unique and innovative dynamic systems model, POMMARD (a Policy Model of Multifunctional Agriculture and Rural Development).
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