Prospects and challenges for agricultural diversification in a peri-urban region (Flanders – Belgium)

Prospects and challenges for agricultural diversification in a peri-urban region (Flanders – Belgium)

The following report is instigated by a call for case material from the Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2007) in response to COM/TAD/CA/ENV/EPOC(2007)22. The scope fits into the 2007-2008 Work Programme of the Committee for Agricultural Relating to the Impacts of Agricultural Policies on Rural Community Well-Being. One of the goals put forward is to present a report on the effects of agricultural policies on sustainable land use management and the provision of rural amenities in rural areas. Chapter 2 presents some key characteristics of the rural area and agricultural activity in Flanders. The following chapters present a general outline of Flemish agricultural policy and land use planning policy, specifically relevant to the issues raised in this overview. Lastly, some specific case material pertaining to diversification activities on farms in Flanders (Belgium) is presented. A fourfold set of conclusions sums up some considerations on a diversified agriculture in the rural urban fringe.

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