Agricultural multi-functionality and care farming: insight from the UK

Custance, P.R., Walley, K., Tate, G. and Armagan, G. (2015) Agricultural multi-functionality and care farming: insight from the UK. South Asian Journal of Business and Management Cases, 4 (1). pp. 74-86.

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he purpose of the case is to provide insight into care farming and the role that it may play in agricultural multifunctionality. The paper outlines three case studies of care farming in the UK to compare and contrast the roles that such organizations may play in multifunctional agriculture. Although the work has the obvious limitation of being based on case-study care farms that are based in the UK, the findings are sufficiently generic to serve as valuable learning material for those interested in the subject and located anywhere in the world. The main finding from this study is that care farming can take many different forms but still contribute to agricultural multifunctionality. The study also confirms the important roles that economic support and favourable legislation play in successful care farming. The paper concludes that care farming is a legitimate form of agricultural multifunctionality but reminds those interested in setting up or promoting care farms of the need for a supportive economic and legislative environment. The paper provides contemporary insight into the concept of care farming as a form of agricultural multifunctionality. A number of generic points are made that should be of value to an international audience of academics researching in this area as well as students studying care farming and agricultural multifunctionality, farmers considering diversifying into care farming and politicians working to create a political and economic environment that may support care farms.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 11:31

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