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Can We Still Only Think ‘Rural’? Bridging the rural–urban divide for rural transformation in a globalized world


The international debate on structural change remains focused on sector–based approaches. The discussion on rural transformation is most often limited by the same long-standing bias. In order to answer the major challenges of their demographic and economic transition, many developing countries need to address their new rural-urban dynamics and to adopt territorial-based development strategies.

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Losch, B. Can We Still Only Think ‘Rural’? Bridging the rural–urban divide for rural transformation in a globalized world. Development 58, 169–176 (2015).

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  • demographic transition
  • urbanization
  • employment
  • territorial development
  • agriculture
  • development strategy