Contextualising Challenges in Rural Development. A view from Social Research Alberto Arce Wageningen University (Rural Development Sociology). The Context of Challenges in Rural Development. Challenges are conceptualised as:
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A view from Social Research
(Rural Development Sociology)
Challenges are conceptualised as:
IEvents which are related to the contemporary intervals of connections and disconnections (flows) between:
a)local rural patterns of commoditisation and
b)the changing nature of local social relations
II These critical interconnections evolve between rural people and intervening parties often giving rise to strains, tensions or contradictions.
III The outcome of this process can be the repositioning of rural livelihoods and the re-establishment of a new senses of community belonging.
Globalisation processes are affecting local rural communities and livelihoods across the world.
We are confronted with a confused scenario (foggy/ ambiguous) among academics and practitioners regarding what is really happening in the ‘real world’ of rural development.
Knowledge is commonly identified as a strategic resource to achieve economic success in development processes(see World Bank report 1988-99).
Transnational Migration (Peru)
Property Rights and Biotechnology (Bolivia)
Agro-Food Co-Innovation Network (Chile)
2:Property rights, biotechnology initiatives and the usefulness of genomics to revalorise native crops.
3:Agro-food innovation networks and the significance of clusters for rural repositioning and regional development
We need to close the distance between the social research, done by academics, and the applied work of international institutes and organisations, NGOs, civil society groups and private business. We need to formulate an agenda with social policy relevance on creative action and institutional innovations in rural development.
The orientation of this agenda should be public service at a global level. The aim should be to reposition rural activities in an integrated knowledge-based, natural science and social research framework.
To assemble a development policy strategy for a line of competitive commodity consumer-driven rural products and services across the globe, in order to achieve regional growth and reinforce the contemporary sense of belonging to local rural settlements.