Livestock farming remains the cornerstone of agricultural activity
throughout much of the less-favoured and lagging regions of the
EU. Livestock products are vitally important as a component of
rural income and employment, and as a supply of raw materials
for added-value processing at the local level.
The objective is to establish a European network of researchers
studying the role of livestock production systems in disadvantaged
areas, in relation to rural development/agricultural policy, economic
activity, animal/environment interactions and landscape ecology.
The proposal is to establish a European network of researchers
studying the role of Livestock production systems in disadvantaged
areas in relation to rural development/agricultural policies,
economic activities, animal/environment interactions and landscape
objectives of the network are to:
- integrate livestock systems research with research on agricultural
policy and socio-economic changes related to livestock in disadvantaged
- generate information on the economic outcome of diversification;
- exchange information and disseminate results.
are four sub-groups:
1. Livestock production systems;
2. Rural development & agricultural policy;
3. Adding value to livestock products;
4. Environment interactions.
network has helped improve the integration of research activities
in these areas, and promote the prospects of further research
relevant to the objectives. It has also generated information
on the economic significance of diversifications in rural development
systems through a series of agreed feasibility studies.
The LSIRD project has demonstrated that there is broad agreement
within the research community on the importance of maintaining
the family farm as the basic unit of agricultural communities.
The key to maintaining these businesses as viable units post Agenda
2000 lies in their ability to realise the diverse opportunities
offered by quality on-farm food processing and retail, regional
and speciality marketing schemes, tourism-related activities,
and integrating agri-environmental measures into farm system.
Within the LFA, the increased efficiency offered by economies
of scale, and its associated shedding of labour, is a transitory
benefit, often accompanied by undesirable social consequences
and a breakdown in the environmental management role of traditional
farm management systems.
project terminated in March 1999.
Macaulay Land Use Research institute
UK-AB9 2QJ Aberdeen
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- Javier MARTINEZ VASSALLO
Centro de Investigacion y technologia
Ctra de la Coruña Km. 7
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Tel.: +34 91 347 41 95
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- Brian REVELL
Harper Adams University College
School of Management
UK-TF10 8NB Shropshire
Tel: +44 1952 81 52 37
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- Thierry LECOMPTE
Parc Regional de Brotonne
Maison du Parc
F-76940 Notre-Dame de Bliquetuit
Tel.: +33 2 35 37 23 16
Fax: +33 2 35 37 39 70
- George ZERVAS
Agricultural University of Athens
Tel: +30 1 529 44 15
Fax: +30 1 529 44 13