Project: Rethinking the links between farm modernization, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources

How do market forces, societal demands and resource constraints interact to create opportunities and constraints for agriculture and rural areas across Europe? Where are the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience and how can we shape positively? And, how can we develop the relationships between rural areas and urban centres in ways that increases overall resilience? In addressing these questions the RETHINK project also explores the meaning of agricultural modernisation. It does so at a time of potentially profound change - when the agricultural sector must finally respond to increasing resource scarcity and distributional demands, and when economies, production systems and lifestyles must be transformed. RETHINK explores the connections between the development of agriculture and the wider societal and policy goal of vibrant and prosperous rural areas, explicitly recognizing the complexity of the challenges, the diversity in situations, and the multidimensionality of strategies for a more balanced development. The analyses to be carried out are based on a set of common research questions. These have been used to select 14 major case studies, one in each participating country. The case studies will improve our understanding of the many factors that contribute to rural prosperity and resilience. Each case is an expression of an innovative development trajectory, highlighting potential synergies between farm modernisation and sustainable rural development. A joint analytical framework will ensure the comparability of case study analyses and allow for recommendations to be made at a European level.

Acronym RETHINK
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Network RURAGRI
Call 1st RURAGRI Call on agricultural, rural and sustainable development aspects.

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Swiss Association for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas Switzerland
Technical University of Madrid - Technical College of Agriculture Spain
Arava Research and Development Sustainable Agriculture Consulting Group Israel
Nodibinajums Baltic Studies Centre and the Latvian University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics Latvia
Institute for Rural Development Research Coordinator Germany
Süleyman Demirel University - Faculty of Agriculture, West Mediterranean Agricultural Research Centre Turkey
University of Gothenburg - Global Sustainability Studies, School of Global Studies Sweden
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna - Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics Austria
Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali Italy
University of Copenhagen - Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning Denmark
Aleksandras Stulginskis University Lithuania
Ghent University - Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Belgium
Agriculture and Food Development Authority Ireland
French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Science for Action and Development France