End of an era?
New study: it's a case of use them, or lose them.
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China's hukou system is a relic of the Mao era – and it's holding the nation's rural population back.
A supporter arrives at an ANC rally in July 2016 addressed by President Jacob Zuma.
In this new world where its lost thousands of votes does South Africa's ruling ANC know who it is, how to be in opposition, or how it might fight its way back to winning ways?
The African Union laboratory in Nansana, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda.
Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura/Terrain-Architects
There is a growing trend of designing modernised replicas of traditional buildings for entertainment and tourism. That’s no way to salvage positive lessons from building traditions.
Rural and regional policy must be made in context, not in isolation.
It's time for a fresh look at community and policy development in rural and regional NSW – one that recognises that doing things differently will deliver benefits to urban populations as well.
Getting internet access to rural areas can be difficult.
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Only 55 percent of people living in rural areas have access to the speeds that currently qualify as broadband, while 94 percent of the urban population does.
The mountain village of Novara di Sizilia, Italy.
When villages across Spain, Portugal and Italy are abandoned, the regions' unique culture and heritage is lost, too.
Education provides a way out of rural areas – but the transition to city life can be very hard.
Students who move from rural areas to cities to pursue university degrees grapple with what it means to “leave behind” their home languages.
Spot the mobile phone mast.
What can be done about the lack of connectivity in remote areas?
What happens when you find yourself homeless in the countryside?
Nearly 20 million South Africans live in rural areas. Why are the country’s universities so dismissive of rurality?
South Africa's educational policies and curricula tend to be biased against rural lifestyles - even though nearly 20 million people live in the country's rural areas.
The mechanisms are there - but where's the evidence?
Sun Chang Jie and Li Ting, migrant workers in Beijing, with a picture of the children they’ve left behind.
EPA/Rolex Dela Pena
The suicides of four Chinese children left behind by their migrant worker parents could be an ominous sign of things to come.
Want to live here? Houses in Stanton cost £500,000 or more.
Wealthy commuters, retirees and second home owners are pricing locals out of the villages they grew up in.
Sheep farming would be protected by an Animal Welfare Commissioner.
Plaid Cyrmu's agricultural policies clash with Wales' current course of action.
Fire zone: bushland ablaze in the Perth Hills.
The return of heatwaves and bushfires to the news pages has brought fresh warnings that Australians who live in fire-prone zones still don’t fully understand the risk they are running. Deadly fires in…
You can wait a long time for a postman to show up in the country.
The biggest names in internet retail appear to be dramatically stepping up efforts to make delivering your online orders, fast, reliable and extremely hi-tech. But in a week in which Amazon talked up its…
Workers fly in and out of mines like this one in the Pilbara, bringing financial security but anxiety to their local communities.
AAP/Rebecca Le May
The high profile phenomenon of fly-in fly-out workers has gained widespread attention as a unique social phenomenon since the start of the mineral boom – and it has major implications for the well-being…
Has Charles good points to make about the countryside, or is he just stirring it up?
In this week’s Country Life HRH Prince of Wales writes of the social and economic importance of farming. It is, he says: the bedrock of our rural communities, making post offices, pubs, public transport…
The BT van is taking its sweet time and some are tired of waiting.
While broadband internet services get faster and faster for some, there are communities in the UK that are not fully benefiting from the technology. It has recently become clear that many communities in…