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The Future of Rural Policy

From Sectoral to Place-Based Policies in Rural Areas

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This book examines the major rural developments and the issues that policy makers have been dealing with across the OECD over the last two decades.  The OECD Conference, held in Siena, Italy, in July 2002, on the Future of Rural Policy, identified the need for rural policies to look beyond agriculture and offer new trajectories of development.  It concluded that the major shift necessary to guarantee the future vitality of rural regions is the diversification of their economies.  The papers examine key critical issues, including the EU LEADER Community Initiative and the Mexican Micro-region programme and provide a new approach that recognises the importance of the interdependence between rural and urban areas, fostering investment (rather than distributing subsidies).  This approach also emphasises governance structures that get the locals involved in grass root initiatives to develop and implement new policies.  This book is for practitioners and policy makers involved in grass root policies.

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Key Conclusions Agreeing on the Need to Expand Activity Beyond Agriculture

This international conference on the future of rural policy, organised by the OECD and the Province of Siena, confirmed the important role that agriculture plays in many rural regions despite the fact that it is not clear whether current agricultural policy has effectively promoted rural growth and development. Developing the differentiation and increasing the quality of agricultural products may increase the contribution of agriculture to rural development. Proposals from the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy released by the European Commission on 10 July were regarded as consistent with this objective but provoked debate as to whether the reforms went far enough...

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