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Cross-cutting questions

The international comparative analysis builds on the national level analysis of the case studies and related workshops. The analysis will be structured around four themes, each of which will be led by two partners with a solid track record for the theme:

  1. Resilience: this analysis will capture the diverse strategies deployed by farmers, rural residents, and rural regions, to adapt to the changes in society, economy, and the environment that affect their quality of life and their ability to persist over time. The analysis will be led by Tzruya Calvão Chebach and Amit Ashkenazy (IL).
  2. Prosperity: here we will explore the shift from a focus on costs of production, productivity and cost-efficiency (i.e. input-output relations) to effectiveness (i.e. the ability to meet a specific goal such as quality of life). The potential contribution of integrating agriculture with other economic and non-economic functions in the rural landscape and in rural-urban relationships will be explored. The analysis will be led by Kees de Roest (IT) and Ignacio de los Ríos (ES).
  3. Governance: we will explore the shift in the role of the state from 'provider' to 'enabler' and whether this helps promote balanced regional development. The role of cooperative approaches and multi-actor networks will be examined. Particular attention will be paid to ways to mobilize actors so that they are in a position to develop strategic agendas collaboratively. The analysis will be led by Guido van Huylenbroeck (BE) and Sophie Reviron (CH).
  4. Knowledge and learning: the role of human resources, social learning and of different knowledge bases in the case studies will be explored. We will examine how knowledge is accessed and or generated to advance agriculture and enhance its linkages with rural development. Particular attention will be paid to the role of learning and innovation networks. This particular research component will contribute to the operationalization of the new European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) policy at the European, national and regional levels. The analysis will be led by Talis Tisenkopfs (LV) and Karlheinz Knickel (DE).

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