If rural communities plan carefully – and some already are – they can reinvent themselves as the perfect homes for people fleeing wildfire and hurricane zones.
Developments in the energy sector shouldn’t be reduced to technological sophistication. They should be guided by how they improve the livelihoods of the intended beneficiaries.
Attempts to formalise charcoal production have been largely unsuccessful.
Step aside, Pablo Escobar. New research shows it was poor farmers who helped turn Colombia into the world’s largest drug producer when they started growing and exporting pot in the 1970s.
Building a lasting peace in Afghanistan will take much more than an accord with the Taliban. In post-conflict nations, economic development and job creation are critical to national security.
Banditry in northern Nigeria is making an already precarious security situation in the region worse.
Agriculture is well placed to provide employment for millions across the African continent.
Policymakers in Africa approach rural and urban development separately. This needs to change.
The latest World Bank report on South Africa addresses solutions to the country’s economic challenges.
Some communities on South Africa’s Platinum Belt have received substantial mining revenues, but these are controlled by chiefs.
South Africa’s land policy is flailing around in the dark, with the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing.
A massive rural on-grid electrification programme in Rwanda has delivered considerable benefits. But is it the most sensible way to deliver power to remote areas?
Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
South Africa should review its rural development strategy and land reform policy to win the fight against rising poverty.
Many states in Nigeria are reeling from cholera outbreaks. They need better health and sanitation infrastructure to disrupt transmission of the bacteria which cause the disease.
Too many able-bodied Paraguayans are underemployed, fuelling frustration and entrenching inequality.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That’s why the election focus turns to local projects.
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.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.