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Thessalonica (Greece)

2-4 November 2017

Parquage d'un troupeau de brebis sur des prairies de qualité mais aujourd’hui devenues très morcelées, car le foncier agricole est gagné de toutes parts par l’urbanisation (centre Vaucluse).. © INRA, MEURET Michel

Land tenure as an asset for territorial development and the sustainability of rural communities?

10th annual seminar of the FONCIMED network CIHEAM-INRA for research and exchange on Mediterranean land tenure.

By Françoise Maxime
Updated on 01/15/2018
Published on 04/20/2017

Rural areas face a wide range of challenges. On the one hand, there is increasing disconnection between agricultural society and the rural milieu, in the context of economic globalization and technological progress. Growing delocalization of agricultural production not only means that agriculture plays a smaller role in the creation of quality products and local jobs, but also aggravates inequality between producers and between regions. On the other hand, environmental problems accentuated by climate change and the health risks associated with the productivist model have generated new demands. Citizens increasingly concern themselves with issues such as good agro-ecological practice, the specific quality of food products, local biophysical and cultural factors, fair trade and relocation of systems of food production.

Under these circumstances, land tenure has become an important factor of territorial development. It is both a bone of contention and a rallying-point for territorial cohesion and mobilization of local communities and territorial collectivities. The proposal is to confront different angles and document current controversies on the subject by reconsidering the role of land tenure in rural/local development procedures and by updating the spectrum of analysis of the different components that are coming to light on land devolution: social exclusion/ insertion; new urban-rural partnerships; privatization of collectives; disputes, and so on.

The abstract submissions will be accepted until 15 May 2017.


Scientific contact(s):

Associated Division(s):
Science for Action and Development
Associated Centre(s):
Corsica, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur