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The issues


Rural regions in OECD countries are important economically and demographically. They account for about 75% of the land and almost a quarter of the population in OECD countries. Gains in agricultural productivity have led to a dramatic reduction in farm employment, rural regions across the OECD now depend on a wide range of economic activities for growth.

Increasing globalisation, improved communications and reduced transportation costs are also drivers of economic change in rural areas. However, traditional policies to subsidise farming have not been able to harness the potential of these economic engines.

Promoting rural development poses numerous policy and governance challenges because it requires co-ordination across sectors, across levels of government, and between public and private actors. Several countries are therefore shifting their approaches to a focus on places rather than sectors and an emphasis on investments rather than subsidies.

 

 

 Policy Brief: Reinventing Rural Policy

Summary  
   

 

The OECD’s Working Party on Territorial Policy in Rural Areas discusses ways to develop a modern, rural development policy to account for these important economic changes and a new strategy for governance that these policy approaches require. OECD work on rural development has led to a number of thematic publications, case studies and, from 2006, a series of Publications on Rural Development to deepen international knowledge in this field. It has also led to a yearly series of OECD Rural Development conferences and workshops where policy makers from around the world gather to discuss rural policy.

 

Ongoing projects

Rurban (Rural-Urban) Partnerships

The OECD, in collaboration with the European Commission, is using a new analytical framework to assess urban-rural linkages and to help identify the governance forms that will enhance urban-rural interactions.  The Rurban project aims to identify and assess formal and informal urban-rural partnerships and assess the role these partnerships can and should play in regional development and in bridging co-ordination gaps in policies for urban and rural dwellers.

 

Rural events

 

RURBAN events

Past events

2nd European seminar on sustainable urban rural partnerships

24-25 April 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Understanding Growth in Different Types of Regions

26-27 March 2012, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Rural-Urban Partnerships: an integrated approach to economic development

23-25 October 2013, Bologna, Italy

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development Policy

14-15 June 2012, Paris, France

 

Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy

3-5 October 2012, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

The complete list of past conferences on rural development can be found on our conferences on regional development web page.

 

Key messages from recent Rural Development Conferences

           
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  Rural Development: Policy Brief - Promoting Growth in all Regions - March 2012   Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development   Innovation and modernising the rural economy
           

Recent Rural Policy Reviews

Rural-Urban Partnerships: An Integrated Approach to Economic Development

Strategies to Improve Rural Service Delivery

Promoting Growth in All Regions

Rural-Urban Partnerships:
An Integrated Approach to Economic Development

Strategies to Improve Rural Service Delivery Promoting Growth in all Regions

 

Rural publications


Forthcoming publications

 Recent publications

 

 

The full list of publications on rural development including forthcoming publications can be found on the regional development publications webpage.

 

 

Contact us

For information and queries about OECD work on Rural Development Policy please contact Betty-Ann Bryce at OECD.RuralDevelopmentProgramme@oecd.org. Follow us on :

      

 

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