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The New Rural Paradigm

Policies and Governance

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What is the new rural paradigm? Its main characteristics are a focus on places rather than sectors and an emphasis on investments rather than subsidies. In an era of reduced agricultural employment, this report highlights the important and diverse challenges facing rural areas, their unused potential, and the inability of sectoral policy to address this. It also provides an overview of the main socio-economic trends affecting rural areas across the OECD. Further, it addresses the governance requirements of the new cross-sectoral approach to rural policy.

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Executive Summary

Predominantly rural regions account for about 75% of the land and almost a quarter of the population in OECD countries. Rapid changes in the international economy confront rural regions with some obvious threats but also with significant opportunities that rural policy must address. These changes include globalisation, improved communications and reduced transportation costs, changing trade patterns for commodities, and the emergence of important non-farm activities in rural regions.

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