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More research in agrifood industry in rural areas on the way

A large share of the research funds allocated to research into rural area development has been allocated to projects in which the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus is involved.

Over half of the 20 million DKK which the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has earmarked for projects on special development opportunities in the agrifood industry in rural areas goes to projects in which the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (DJF) is involved.

DJF participates in three of the five projects for which the Ministry has granted research funds.

In the project ‘Innovation in agri-related businesses in rural areas’, researchers will be taking a closer look at the driving forces behind innovation in agri-related businesses.

The project ‘Instruments in rural area politics’ will be evaluating the effectiveness of, for example, subsidies for eco-friendly farming and for the pre-processing of high-quality foods.

The project ‘The multifunctional agricultural landscape – development, policy and communication’ will be examining targets and measures in public service and their actual impact on the landscape.

The general purpose of the Ministry’s initiative is to examine how agriculture and Danish food companies can increase their contribution to regional trade and community development. The projects form part of the 3-year research programme ‘The future role and development of the agrifood sector in a regional perspective’ that runs from 2007 to 2009.

Tuesday 20 March 2007 | Communication Unit