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EXTENSITY is an integrated research and action programme, dedicated to promoting sustainable rural development. It aims at developing integrated sustainable rural development solutions, assessing in an integrated way these solutions, and then implementing them in practice, then closing the loop by assessing the practical effects and hence generating new research issues.
EXTENSITY started with a Life project in 2003, and has been successively growing in number of research collaborations, partnerships with governmental agencies and environmental NGO’0s and participating farmers and farmers’ organisations. It has led to the development of a spin-off from IST, Terraprima – Environmental Services. The EXTENSITY network now covers around 1000 farmers, with management contracts for around 100 000 ha (more than 1% of Portugal).