What makes a rural community a good place to live, work, run a business, start a family and grow old? It is a whole variety of factors ‑ from the quality and accessibility of services like schools and health care to natural resources and even social trust and community leadership. Recognising this, a number of OECD countries are now implementing a range of policies to deliver rural well-being—embracing a holistic lens on rural development.
This formed the central theme of the OECD’s 12th Rural Development Conference. The Conference explored the critical drivers of rural well-being across three pillars:
Making the most of new and emerging
Addressing demographic challenges and
Enabling the transition of rural areas
The 12th OECD Rural Development Conference, hosted by Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, provided an engaging forum for governments, industry, experts and community organisations to identify how rural areas can address these key issues in order to contribute to national prosperity and well-being.