Rethinking Rural Development in the Mediterranean
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Mediterra 2009, the fruit of cooperation between the Ciheam and the Blue Plan, analyzes the new dynamics of Mediterranean rural worlds... Read More

Each edition of Mediterra offers a scientific and documented analysis of Mediterranean agriculture, focusing on a theme chosen in the light of current events and the international agenda.

Mediterra 2009, the fruit of cooperation between the Ciheam and the Blue Plan, analyzes the new dynamics of Mediterranean rural worlds in order to discuss the status of implementation of sustainable development strategies and to take a fresh look at the policies implemented in rurl areas.

The Ciheam is an intergovernmental organisation which has become an authority on cooperation, research and agricultural training in the Mediterranean and now has thirteen member states in the region.

The Bleu Plan is a regional activity centre of the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Programm.

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Presses de Sciences Po
, , , , , agriculture, Sustainable development
Publisher Category
> Geopolitics > Sustainable Development
Publisher Category
> Environment
Publisher Category
> Geopolitics
Publisher Category
> International field
BISAC Subject Heading
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
Title First Published
23 March 2009
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
Thema subject category: Politics and government


Publication Date
23 March 2009
740 grams
List Price
15.00 €
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• Hunger for land and thirst for water: farming systems under pressure
• Agricultural and rural development: a political priority
• For sustainable development of farming systems and rural worlds
• A report constructed collectively

> CHAPTER 1 Preserving natural resources
• Mediterranean know-how– the fruit of thousands of years
• Water resources: a rapidly changing balance
• Slow and progressive desertification
• Polluted environments, degraded life
• Managing wooded areas
• Haro for bio!
• Development models need adapting

> CHAPTER 2 Revising water strategies
• Trend in agricultural water demand incompatible with the trend in available resources
• Better management of agricultural water demand
• Virtual water: a concept for guiding agricultural policies?
• For a comprehensive global vision of water

> CHAPTER 3 Adapting agricultural systems to climate change
• Panorama of the agricultural sector and water resources
• Recent climate trends and future projections
• The many different impacts of climate change
• Strategies for adapting to climate change
• Measures for adapting to climate change
• Recommendations for agriculture faced with climate change
• Regional cooperation: an imperative

> CHAPTER 4 Fighting desertification
• Definition and physical processes of desertification
• Monitoring desertification and the environment
• Techniques for fighting desertification
• Institutional response: monitoring and evaluating UNCCD implementation
• Public strategies and measures taken since the 1970s
• Social solutions
• New strategy frameworks for fighting desertification

> CHAPTER 5 Developing local areas and their people
• The status quo: rural development policies and local approaches in the Mediterranean countries
• Local policies and approaches: an overview
• Some reflections on common problems
• The concept of local development
• Rural and regional development

> CHAPTER 6 Rural life
• The rural world: plural realities
• Insufficient geographical rebalancing
• Where does agriculture fit into the rural environment?
• No end to poverty
• Predominance of small farms and family work
• Progress in services, but shadow zones persist
• Stimulating development in the hinterland and opening up the landlocked areas of the North
• The new challenges for rural areas

> CHAPTER 7 Managing collective land and rangelands
• Collective rangelands in agrarian history
• The historical heritage
• Pastoral management in the dock
• Major changes in production systems
• Pastoral policies
• What is to become of collective lands?

> CHAPTER 8 Improving rural governance
• A flurry of reforms faced with the challenges of globalisation
• The emergence of new forms of rurality in the North of the Mediterranean
• Agriculture, smallholdings and the importance of the rural population in the South and East
• European policies tested by rural realities
• Rural development strategies in the countries of the South: the central place of agriculture and poverty reduction
• From "constructed" areas in the North to "lived areas" in the South
• The future of Mediterranean rurality

> CHAPTER 9 Diversifying rural activity
• Rural areas in the Northern Mediterranean: multifunctionality and diversification
• Rural areas in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean: boom and new adaptations
• Agriculture first and foremost

> CHAPTER 10 Measuring agricultural and rural development
• Definitions
• Some results
• Reservations regarding calculation and interpretation

> CHAPTER 11 Evaluating the effect of the MSSD
• Reminder of the MSSD
• Preliminary feedback of experience in agriculture and rural development
• The way to convergent development policies

• Natural resources and endogenous knowledge
• Rural activities and societies
• Regions, policies and governance