Publications

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This document summarises the main outcomes of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses' and is intended to assist policy-makers with improving the support system for businesses in rural areas. 
It covers topics such as: 
  • identifying new trends, opportunities and ‘wild ideas’ for rural businesses; 
  • business support approaches to help realise innovative business ideas;
  • supporting access to broadband and digitisation opportunities; and 
  • building digital capacity. 

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used not only to support individual rural businesses, but also to create the kind of enabling environment that allows businesses to prosper in rural areas.

Supporting rural business usually means providing strategic interventions that can increase the likelihood of successful, self-sustaining economic activities in rural areas.

The projects highlight inspiring examples of how to provide advice, training and networking opportunities to rural businesses, as well as targeted investment in the digital and physical infrastructure needed by rural business, both on-farm and in other rural sectors of activity.

The factsheet overviews business-support tools supported under the Rural Development Programme (RDPs), including knowledge transfer, advisory services, farm and business development, basic services, Cooperation (M16) and LEADER/CLLD.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 
The factsheet overviews tools to respond to current rural challenges (such as demographic change), the concept and usefulness of social innovation and social enterprise, and inspiring examples related to these.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 
The factsheet overviews the challenges faced by rural businesses, specific tailor-made responses and smart business-support tools, the practice of business accelerators, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 
The factsheet overviews the digital divide between urban and rural areas, the practice of rural digital hubs, short examples and relevant ENRD resources.
It was prepared as background material for the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017). 

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how people in rural areas have used EAFRD support to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by the recent influx of migrants and refugees into the European Union.

Without judgement on broader migration policy questions, the brochure aims to provide a picture of what is actually happening in several rural areas in Europe to deal with the evolving situation in more positive ways. It presents projects under the sub-themes of ‘changing the narrative’, ‘jobs and the labour market’ and ‘coordinated responses’.

This publication’s examples demonstrate the range of positive benefits in Member States from food-related rural development activity under the CAP.