The FAO/Netherlands Conference on the Multifunctional Character of Agriculture and Land
The Conference in Maastricht
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- On 12 September 1999, more than 350 agricultural and environmental experts and policy-makers from around the world will gather at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC) in the Netherlands.
- Over the course of the next six days, they will consider analytical approaches and policy options to increase agricultures contribution to food security, social cohesion, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. The Conference theme reflects a growing appreciation of the many ways that agriculture and related land uses shape both the lives we lead and the world we live in.
- In addition to producing the food we eat and the fibres we wear, agriculture also provides a wide range of other goods and services, shapes the environment, affects social and cultural systems and contributes to economic growth.
- The Conference will attempt to refine an analytical approach that can inform discussion and decisions on critical issues such as trade, food security, biodiversity and rural employment and help to formulate better policies to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable agriculture in a world without hunger.