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Agricultural Landscape Externalities, Agro-Tourism, and Rural Poverty Reduction in Morocco

  • Khalil Allali
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 31)

Abstract

This chapter presents an empirical analysis of agricultural landscape externalities and an economic valuation of their potential impacts to reduce rural poverty in Morocco’s Western High Atlas Mountains. The externality concept is applied at the farm level to inventory landscape externalities, to analyze their internalization forms, and to evaluate their economic benefits on rural households. Of 134 farms studied, the attributes of agricultural landscape externalities are identified and characterized. Then, internalization forms of landscape externalities and their economic contributions to the economy of the rural households are examined and evaluated. The development of agro-tourism requires adaptation of local agricultural practices to internalize landscape externalities. The substantial benefit provided by agro-tourism farms, as compared with returns of the traditional farms, reveals an important approach to reduce rural poverty. Various forms of agricultural policy interventions are introduced and interpreted as market solutions to compensate farmers for provision of environmental services.

Keywords

Agricultural Landscape Poor Household Tourist Activity Poverty Threshold Rural Tourism 
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© FAO 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Khalil Allali
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  1. 1.Department of Rural Economics, Ecole Nationale d&Agriculture de MeknèsMorocco

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