Rural development in transition: Global trends

*Nazeer Udin 

*Centre for Rural Development Studies Bangalore University, Bangalore 56 Karnataka, India.


Accepted 02 April, 2015

Citation: Udin N (2015). Rural development in transition: Global trends. Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, 2(3): 046-049.


Copyright: © 2015 Udin N. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


Although rural development has been a priority area for external donors its importance has increased in the second half of the last 50 years as concerns about food security, the population explosion, environment and climatic changes, as well as poverty, equality and social justice have come to be increasingly perceived as being in the purview of global, rather than national policy agendas. Rural development stood at the cross-cutting path of these concerns. However, the multiplicity of the objectives which rural development was expected to achieve often deprived it of a central focus and often contributed to its failure. It is well experimented through various strategic interventions by both developed and developing countries and highlights the various paradigm shifts in the rural development concepts. Rural development generally denotes economic development and community development actions and initiatives taken to improve the standard of living in non-urban neighborhood, remote villages. Against this backdrop, the paper, examine the changing global trends in rural development and further it explores the potential areas of rural sector as a growth engine towards inclusive development.

Key words: Rural development, poverty, rural employment, government non-governmental organizations.