Opening of the Call for Papers for the International Congress on Rural Development – CIDR 2023

The Academia Andaluza de Ciencia Regional together with Universidad Loyola Andalucía and its Development Institute present the  International Congress on Rural Development (CIDR 2023) with the aim of reviewing the conceptualisation of rural development and the design and operation of its instruments in the light of the challenges of the 21st century.

The academic event, which will be held from 14 to 16 June 2023 at the Córdoba Campus of Universidad Loyola Andalucía, intends to facilitate a comparative analysis of rural development from the perspective of various regions of the world in very different development environments. It will focus on the debates on rural development in the European Union (with special attention to Spain and Andalusia), in Latin America (with emphasis on Central America) and in South Asia (with special interest in the case of India).

The CIDR 2023 sessions will be organised around five main themes: Poverty and exclusion in the rural world; Growth, agriculture and rural development; Food security and rural development; The challenge of depopulation and emigration in the rural world; and Rural development, climate change and natural resources.

All the information on the congress is available at this link.

Territorial rural development, analysis of policies and actors

CIDR 2023 will promote the evaluation of the relevance of the ruralist approach and the dynamics of territorial rural development in development strategies and public policies.

Rural development is by nature a multidisciplinary field of analysis and policy. The connection between rural territories and some of the main processes and problems of development is intense and will be a priority at the congress. The effects of climate change and policies to protect the environment and natural resources are a key element for rural development and rural territories. So are programmes and actions aimed at eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable livelihoods and generating inclusive development strategies. The territorial dimension of promoting food security is a priority factor in many regions of the world. The problems of the rural world also play an important role in the analysis of the motivations behind international migration and the abandonment of rural environments in several countries and regions of the world.

The role of the different political and economic actors in rural development will be another focus of the congress, which will review the role of central and sub-regional governments, international organisations, local governments, business and producers’ organisations and the wide range of civil society present in the territories. The participation of young people, women and the elderly and the benefits they obtain from rural development policies have been the subject of debate and will also be present in the working sessions.