Rural Society, Economy and Natural Resources Integrating Competence in Rural Development


Rural sectors in the Andean Region and Mesoamerica face large challenges to economic and social cohesion as well as the natural environment: insecurity of smallholders incomes, rural poverty especially among women, landless labourers and vulnerable groups (e.g. certain ethnic minorities), weak institution-building, overuse of natural resources due to large-scale agricultural production (esp. export crops) which has lead to desertification and deforestation with ensuing loss of biodiversity. Further threats are perceived in exclusion of smallholder farmers from highly differentiated food value chains, low ability of rural households to react to effects of climate change, and uncontrolled diverting of land for production of energy crops developments that are leading to disintegration of rural and urban societies as well as rural-urban migration. These challenges call for high-quality transdisciplinary research, functioning knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners as well as problem-based training for facilitators of change. However, most of Latin American higher education institutions concentrate their efforts on teaching activities, and to a less extent on research undertaking. Problem- and action-oriented research and education is thus a primary requirement. University staff and students need to be able to develop appropriate, applicable and locally adapted solutions together with a variety of different stakeholders in complex problem settings. This project aims at creating an institutional setting for it: A joint EU-LA Competence Centre for rural development, natural resources and agricultural value chains.
Rural sectors in the Andean Region and Mesoamerica face large challenges to economic and social cohesion as well as the natural environment: insecurity of smallholders incomes, rural poverty especially among women, landless labourers and vulnerable groups (e.g. certain ethnic minorities), weak institution-building, overuse of natural resources due to large-scale agricultural production (esp. export crops) which has lead to desertification and deforestation with ensuing loss of biodiversity. Further threats are perceived in exclusion of smallholder farmers from highly differentiated food value chains, low ability of rural households to react to effects of climate change, and uncontrolled diverting of land for production of energy crops developments that are leading to disintegration of rural and urban societies as well as rural-urban migration. These challenges call for high-quality transdisciplinary research, functioning knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners as well as problem-based training for facilitators of change. However, most of Latin American higher education institutions concentrate their efforts on teaching activities, and to a less extent on research undertaking. Problem- and action-oriented research and education is thus a primary requirement. University staff and students need to be able to develop appropriate, applicable and locally adapted solutions together with a variety of different stakeholders in complex problem settings. This project aims at creating an institutional setting for it: A joint EU-LA Competence Centre for rural development, natural resources and agricultural value chains.


Projektleitung
Bokelmann, Wolfgang Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. (Details) (Ökonomik der Gärtnerischen Produktion)

Laufzeit
Projektstart: 12/2010
Projektende: 06/2014

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