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Transition pathways towards sustainability in agriculture: case studies from Europe.

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The aim of this book is to improve the understanding of transition processes in European agriculture. It focuses on 'emerging transitions' - how new organizational forms and technologies change, and are changed by, mainstream actors and practices in the agricultural sector. This is achieved through an integration of recent academic theory on transition and change in agricultural systems and assess...

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Chapter 3 (Page no: 33)

Understanding the diversity of European rural areas.

This chapter establishes the backdrop for regional-level transition in European agriculture, through an analysis of trends in the agricultural sector and rural areas over the past 30 years, proposing a typology of rural areas in Europe. It first sketches out the structure and diversity of European agriculture and its evolution to its present state. Second, it examines the assembled evidence that explores differences across Europe in the way the farm sector has evolved, offering tentative reasons as to causes of difference and patterns of change. Third, it sets these farm-level changes within a wider framework of understanding the relationship between agricultural change and broader economic change, addressing societal demands on the rural space. Finally, the chapter reflects briefly on the challenges of managing transitions in the farm sector given its diversity and non-homogeneity. The relationships explored relate partly to the interactions between agriculture and the economy and also partly to the policies that shape those interactions. Such information may help frame our overall understanding of evolutionary pathways and sustainability transitions in the rural economy.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Wilson, G. A. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Socio-technical transitions in farming: key concepts. Author(s): Darnhofer, I.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 51) Utilizing the multi-level perspective in empirical field research: methodological considerations. Author(s): Karanikolas, P. Vlahos, G. Sutherland, L. A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 67) Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. Gonzalez, C. Sutherland, L. A. Peneva, M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 83) More than just a factor in transition processes? The role of collaboration in agriculture. Author(s): Schiller, S. R. Gonzalez, C. Flanigan, S.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 97) High nature value farming: environmental practices for rural sustainability. Author(s): Peneva, M. Draganova, M. Gonzalez, C. Diaz, M. Mishev, P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 113) Transition processes and natural resource management. Author(s): Vlahos, G. Schiller, S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 127) On-farm renewable energy: a 'classic case' of technological transition. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Peter, S. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 143) 'The missing actor': alternative agri-food networks and the resistance of key regime actors. Author(s): Darrot, C. Diaz, M. Tsakalou, E. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 157) Local quality and certification schemes as new forms of governance in sustainability transitions. Author(s): Lošt'ák, M. Karanikolas, P. Draganova, M. Zagata, L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 171) Transdisciplinarity in deriving sustainability pathways for agriculture. Author(s): Pinto-Correia, T. McKee, A. Guimarães, H.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 189) Conceptual insights derived from case studies on 'emerging transitions' in farming. Author(s): Darnhofer, I. Sutherland, L. A. Pinto-Correia, T.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 205) Conclusions. Author(s): Sutherland, L. A. Zagata, L. Wilson, G. A.

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