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MULTAGRI – Rural development through governance of multifunctional agricultural land-use

Research domain:
Organisation of agriculture

Project duration:
31.08.2013 - 30.12.2016

MULTAGRI investigates how governance of agricultural landscapes can promote rural development. Thereby, biodiversity is considered an asset that can be used for the provision of public goods and the sustainable intensification of agricultural production.

In work package 4 titled "Land-use conflicts and impacts on agricultural development trajectories in different rural areas" IAMO analyzes how support and regulations for providing ecosystem services affect agricultural development and the economic performance of farms. In a first step, stakeholders from agriculture, as well as from environmental and public institutions are invited to workshops in Germany and Sweden to identify possible land use conflicts. At the same time AgriPoliS (Agricultural Policy Simulator), a model simulating agricultural structural change, will be extended to consider positive impacts of ecosystem services when analyzing different policy measures. The policy simulations will then be used to analyze how far policy measures should be adjusted to local conditions.


  • Consortium Leader/Coordination: Lund University, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Sweden Website
  • Wageningen University, Animal Ecology Team Alterra, The Netherlands Website
  • Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences Switzerland Website
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Faculty of Sustainability, Germany Website
  • French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Bordeaux-Aquitaine Centre, France Website
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden Website
  • Institute for Genetics, Environment and Plant Protection (IGEPP), France Website


Within the MULTAGRI project the report "Modelling agri-environmental measures in AgriPoliS and data update" by Amanda Sahrbacher (IAMO), Jordan Hristov (CEC), Mark Brady (CEC), Christoph Sahrbacher (IAMO) and Josef Günther (IAMO) was published in August 2016. The report provides a documentation of both the update regarding production, investment and farm data for two European regions modelled in the MULTAGRI project (Götalands södra slättbygder in Sweden; Mittelsächsische Platte in Germany) as well as the extension of the model AgriPoliS to consider the newest features of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP). "Modelling agri-environmental measures in AgriPoliS and data update" is available for free download.

Published in June 2016 was "Deliverable 4.1: Stakeholders’ positions and identified policy measures" by Amanda Sahrbacher (IAMO), Christoph Sahrbacher (IAMO), Mark Brady (CEC) und Jordan Hristov (CEC).

In August 2016 "Deliverable no. 4.2: Modelling agri-environmental measures in AgriPoliS and data update" by Amanda Sahrbacher (IAMO), Jordan Hristov (CEC), Mark Brady (CEC) Christoph Sahrbacher (IAMO) Josef Günther (IAMO) was published.

MULTAGRI Policy Briefs

The following Policy Briefs have been issued: