The 11th Rural Development Conference run by the OECD (9-12 April 2018 – Edinburgh, UK) discussed how innovation can help rural areas and people respond to the challenges of globalisation, shifting trading patterns, and growing inequality.
The event highlighted ten key drivers of rural change and the development of an integrated policy approach to capitalise on these. A call for making the most of rural innovation opportunities for job creation, economic growth, and service delivery was articulated in the Edinburgh Policy Statement (see also OECD’s Rural 3.0 Policy Note).
The ENRD Contact Point designed and facilitated the six workshops of the event’s pre-conference on topics including: global value chains; smart rural communities; technologies to face climate change; skills of the future; business support; and future governance. Explore the key messages and presentations from these workshops here.