Information for Agricultural and Rural Development in ACP Countries: summary report
ACP countries have been marked by four sweeping changes over the past 10years: Economic globalisation that modifies the relationships between the intemational, national and local scales, as well presenting challenges for production and commercialisation, and access to markets, capital and information. The development of new technologies,notably in the information sector and in biotechnology. Economic liberalisation which has led to a marked reduction in the state hold on managementof rural development. Planning logic is progressively giving way to market steering of development. The role of the private sector is thus considerably strengthened. Political democratisation, seen in the possibility for different civil society stakeholders to participate in the debate on the orientation of rural development. These changes correspond to a major transformation in the environments of rural development stakeholders in African countries.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
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