As developments in global production networks and increased urbanisation have changed the character of rural areas, rural development policy has widened its scope. Apart from mining, agriculture and forestry, it now includes tourism and niche manufactures. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of rural areas, which possess assets that can help meet some of Europe's major socioeconomic challenges. The diversification of economic activity and improvement of the quality of life in rural areas is a mission shared by the European Union's rural development policy and its Cohesion Policy.
95 project partners
59 regions involved
91 regional policies addressed
218 good practices identified
Projects tackling rural development
9 projects, analysed by the team of capitalisation experts, offer their know-how and collected good practice in the field of Rural Development. Click on each logo to get more information about the project's work.
Results of the thematic analysis are available in several formats.
"The need for rural communities to approach development from a wider perspective has created more focus on a broad range of development goals rather than merely creating incentive for agricultural or resource based businesses. Education, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural regions."
Rural development research: a foundation for policy, Westport, Greenwood Press
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