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RECAP presented at the 10th annual seminar of the FONCIMED network

project presentation

Land tenure as an asset for territorial development
and the sustainability of rural communities?

Rural areas face a wide range of challenges. On the one hand, there is increasing disconnection between agricultural society and the rural milieu, in the context of economic globalization and technological progress. Growing delocalization of agricultural production not only means that agriculture plays a smaller role in the creation of quality products and local jobs, but also aggravates inequality between producers and between regions.

On the other hand, environmental problems accentuated by climate change and the health risks associated with the productivist model have generated new demands.

Citizens increasingly concern themselves with issues such as good agro-ecological practice, the specific quality of food products, local biophysical and cultural factors, fair trade and relocation of systems of food production.

Under these circumstances, land tenure has become an important factor of territorial development. It is both a bone of contention and a rallying-point for territorial cohesion and mobilization of local communities and territorial collectivities.

The proposal is to confront different angles and document current controversies on the subject by reconsidering the role of land tenure in rural/local development procedures and by updating the spectrum of analysis of the different components that are coming to light on land devolution: social exclusion/insertion; new urban-rural partnerships; privatization of collectives; disputes, and so on.

RECAP was presented on the second day of the Seminar, at a special session entitled “Information and Communication Technologies as Tools for Efficient Land Uses and Rural Development“.

Click here to download the seminar agenda.