Rapid global population growth is blurring the boundary between urban and rural. In reality, the traditional distribution of roles in agricultural and food production has given way to new structures. Regional planning…

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Two 2017 IFPRI and FAO reports suggest that strengthening food supply chains can immensely contribute to ending malnutrition and reducing poverty. Our author explains the complex interdependencies between rural and urban…

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Growing human populations and rapid urbanisation are associated with a higher demand for fresh vegetables and animal-based products, which should theoretically be satisfied by local farmers from the surrounding regions.…

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Trade in natural resources between rural areas and the urban islands developing in them bears a huge conflict potential. In parallel to the traditional regulations on the use of natural resources, governments are…

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Increasing urbanisation is accompanied by a rapid growth of the poor population’s share in urban areas. Changes in food systems brought about by this, the opportunities it creates for farmers and what investments are…

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The increasing interactions between rural and urban areas have induced health benefits in rural areas, slowly shrinking the rural-urban health gap. However, this higher level of interaction, is giving rise to various…

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Traditional definitions of urban and rural territories do not capture the complexity of different land use changes and realities. The connection between urban and rural areas is crucial to sustainable development,…

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Small and medium-sized towns are important for connecting rural and larger urban areas and have the potential to play a more effective role in inclusive and equitable regional development. Yet the development potential…

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Around a third of Kyrgyzstan‘s GDP comes from remittances, which puts the country second world-wide in this respect. Migration within the country is also at a high level. But cash flows from urban to rural areas are only…

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China’s political leadership has set out to “revitalise” the countryside and turn it into a pleasant place with “beautiful villages”. Only a decade ago, the leadership at the time had attempted something similar in the…

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