Agro-silvo-pastoral systems in Italy: integration and diversification

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The paper describes recent changes in pastoral systems in Italy and provides an assessment of current farming systems in marginal areas of the country, where extensive livestock rearing still represents an option. Despite public financial support, rural farming in marginal areas increasingly has to find its place within the wider society, integrate into wider markets, support employment and diversify income generation. Provision of environmental as well as recreational services is increasingly complementing quality food production. The heterogeneous Italian landscape provides important opportunities to better integrate crops, trees and livestock into increasingly sustainable agro-silvo-pastoral systems.




Pardini, A., & Nori, M. (2011). Agro-silvo-pastoral systems in Italy: integration and diversification. Pastoralism, 1(1).

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