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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.

 

 

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 national rural policy reviews to deepen international knowledge in this field. It has also led to a series of OECD Rural Development conferences and workshops where policy makers from around the world gather to discuss rural policy. 

 

Rural events

 

RURBAN events

Past events

 

Workshop: The Governance of Land Use Policies in OECD Countries, Prague, Czech Republic

15-16 May, 2014

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 Rural Development Conferences

 Policy brief

 

 Governance of Land Use in OECD countries

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

(summary)

The Governance of Land Use in OECD Countries

(proceedings)

 

Rural Policy Reviews

Modernising the rural economy

Rural-Urban Partnerships

Strategies to Improve Rural Service Delivery

Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy 

Rural-Urban Partnerships:
An Integrated Approach to Economic Development
Strategies to Improve Rural Service Delivery

 

 

Rural Publications


The full list of publications on rural development can be found at the publications on regional development web page. 

 

Contact us

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