Analysing the ongoing changes and dynamics in rural development from a functional perspective through a series of case studies from the global north and south, this volume deepens our understanding of the importance of new functional and multifunctional approaches in policy, practice and theory. In rural areas of industrialized societies, food production as a basis for growth and employment has been declining for many decades. In the Global South, on the other hand, food production is still often the most important factor for socio-economic development. However, rural areas both in the industrialized north and in the global south are facing new challenges which lead to significant changes and threats to their development. New forms of food production, but also new functional (e.g. housing or business parks) and often multifunctional approaches are being discussed and practiced yet it remains unclear the extent to which these result in better or more sustainable development of rural areas.
’Rural areas across the world are changing rapidly. To make sense of these changes, we need new and innovative ways of thinking. This book makes a great contribution to these important problems. As editors, Peter Dannenberg and Elmar Kulke have brought together a good range of contributors to address a wide variety of case studies. It should be read by researchers across the spectrum of rural studies.’ Bill Pritchard, University of Sydney, Australia ’The empirically rich case studies across the continents in Economic Development in Rural Areas refresh our views of the variegated content of rural as a site for development and show new and intriguing directions in market-making initiatives.' Richard Le Heron, University of Auckland, New Zealand ’This book is an excellent contribution to the existing literature regarding transformations of rural societies and economic spaces. The fascinating collection of case studies from the Global North and South is highly recommended for researchers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.’ Christine TamÃ¡sy, University of Vechta, Germany
Contents: Part I Introduction: Introduction: dynamics in rural development beyond conventional food production, Peter Dannenberg and Elmar Kulke. Part II Dynamics in the Food Production Function: Regional linkages in the Kenyan horticultural industry, Peter Dannenberg and Gilbert Nduru; Factors influencing the market linkage of organic and conventional tomato farming systems in Karnataka, India, Nithya Vishwanath Gowdru, Wolfgang Bokelmann, Ravi Nandi and Heide Hoffmann; Breaking the lock-in to past industrial practices: triggering change in a mature industry, Diane M. Miller, Frank Calzonetti, Neil Reid and Jay D. Gatrell; Rural development through strengthened rural-urban linkages: the case of US local food systems, Becca B.R. Jablonski; A typification of short food supply chains and first insights into respective success factors and bottlenecks in North Rhine-Westphalia, Luisa Vogt and Marcus Mergenthaler. Part III Alternative Functions for Rural Areas: Renewable energies and rural development in Germany: business finance and the role of trust illustrated by two case studies from Brandenburg, Sabine Panzer-Krause; Securing local supply in rural areas: the role of wholesale cooperations in Central Hesse, Germany, Anika Trebbin, Martin Franz and Markus Hassler; Opportunities and threats to the development of organic agritourist farms in Poland, Ewa Kacprzak and Barbara MaAkiewicz; Agriculture in the NATURA 2000 areas in Poland: spatial differences in the absorption of financial means for sustainable development, Anna KoA'odziejczak; Linking locally: second home owners and economic development of the rural community, Krystian Heffner and Adam Czarnecki; Local governmental quality and the performance of medium and large companies across rural Vietnam, Kai Mausch and Javier Revilla Diez. Part IV Conclusion: Conclusion: perspectives and outlook on rural development, Peter Dannenberg and Elmar Kulke. Index.