A comparison with the surrounding countries shows that alternative farming sectors, particularly special crops and para-agricultural activities, can definitely represent an opportunity for mountain farms.
Against the backdrop of possible market liberalisation, alternative farming sectors are gaining in importance as sources of revenue for mountain farms. In addition to para-agricultural sectors such as agrotourism or social-support opportunities, the cultivation of special crops is likely to represent an alternative worth considering, especially in combination with regional processing and marketing. For animal-husbandry farms, besides production-engineering and economic aspects, the question arises here as to combination options with the remaining (traditional) farming sectors. On an inter-farm or regional level, we must examine which forms of inter-farm cooperation are optimal for the production, provision and marketing of services.
The module encompasses two core themes: