Multifunctional Agriculture and Domestic/International Policy Choice

The concept of multifunctionality, in which agriculture is viewed as a source of both commodity and non-commodity outputs, has stimulated debate on the desirability of further trade liberalization. We explore the economics of multifunctionality and its policy implications. We argue for a new policy approach in which land and natural resource managers are remunerated for positive non-commodity outputs and penalized for negative outputs. This would require devolution in policy implementation from the centre to the local level. Such an approach would permit countries to achieve broader social objectives, while at the same time continuing to pursue trade liberalization.


Issue Date:
2002
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/23910
Published in:
Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Volume 03, Number 1
Page range:
106-118
Total Pages:
13




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