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New Podcast of DG AGRI – Rurality: Working for a more attractive and prosperous countryside in Europe

Source: European Commission The European Commission (DG AGRI) has just released the latest podcast on the long term vision for rural areas with a focus on how to attract young people through innovation. As Europe’s rural population ages and diminishes in size, Food for Europe… Read More »New Podcast of DG AGRI – Rurality: Working for a more attractive and prosperous countryside in Europe

Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

Source: European Commission The Commission launched on the 16 November the Start-up Village Forum to gather insights on challenges for and potential of rural start-up companies. As part of the EU’s June 2021 long-term vision for rural areas and the Commission Action Plan for Rural areas, the annual… Read More »Launch of the Start-up Village Forum: delivering the vision for EU’s rural areas

How can we boost sustainable digitalisation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas?

Source: DESIRA Horizon 2020 project – https://desira2020.eu/2021/09/27/article-how-can-we-boost-sustainable-digitalisation-in-agriculture-forestry-and-rural-areas/  On 30 June 2021, DESIRA organised a webinar on ‘Boosting sustainable digitalisation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas by 2040’ under the scope of the Rural Digitalisation Forum (RDF). The aim was to get a common understanding of the envisaged role of digitalisation in the communication on… Read More »How can we boost sustainable digitalisation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas?

China to pilot ‘digital villages’ to boost smart rural development in the country

Source: The state Council the People’s Republic of China Chinese authorities have issued a circular on executing a pilot project on digital villages to promote the application of digital technologies in rural areas to boost rural modernization. The circular was jointly issued by seven departments,… Read More »China to pilot ‘digital villages’ to boost smart rural development in the country

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17 ways technology could change the world by 2025. Potential rural digital game chargers?

Source: World Economic Forum This article developed by the World Economic Forum outlines 17 ways technology can change the way we know the world, so acting as digital game changer. To what extent rural areas can seize the opportunities these developments offer? These digital game… Read More »17 ways technology could change the world by 2025. Potential rural digital game chargers?

The European Innovation Council awards €5 million to blockchain solutions for social innovation

Source: European Commission The European Innovation Council (EIC) Prize on Blockchains for Social Good has awarded €5 million to six winners selected in a call to identify scalable, deployable and high-impact blockchain solutions for societal challenges. The winning solutions propose blockchain applications for fair trade… Read More »The European Innovation Council awards €5 million to blockchain solutions for social innovation

Policy implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development | Interesting results presented in the latest OECD policy note

Source: OECD This note focuses on the implications of COVID-19 on rural development and the policy responses that OECD member countries are adopting. It first discusses the economic effects on rural regions followed by an identification of opportunities and associated challenges. The note then summarises… Read More »Policy implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development | Interesting results presented in the latest OECD policy note

What does the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report tell us about digital development in rural areas? Not enough

On the 12 June the Commission released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries concerning their digital competitiveness. This year’s DESI shows that there has been progress in… Read More »What does the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) report tell us about digital development in rural areas? Not enough

Smart Villages: Final Report of the Pilot Project on smart-eco-social villages published by the European Commission

Source: DG AGRI, European Commission The Pilot Project on Smart eco-social villages, initiated by the European Parliament, was completed by a consortium consisting of Ecorys, Origin for Sustainability and R.E.D. between January 2018 and April 2019. The conclusions of the Pilot Project reflected in the … Read More »Smart Villages: Final Report of the Pilot Project on smart-eco-social villages published by the European Commission