Rural industrial policy and strengthening value chains

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Rural industrial policy and strengthening value chains


Rural areas have undergone major changes in recent decades, such as the declining share of agricultural jobs and added value in total economic activity, the greater interdependency between the agricultural sector and other sectors (manufacturing and services), and the increasing importance of learning and innovation processes. Notwithstanding these changes, rural areas are still heavily represented in the economic structure of Latin America and the Caribbean. This book underscores the need for a rural industrial policy that promotes a structural change based on innovation, greater value added and better employment and living conditions, all in harmony with the environment. The proposal builds on the experience of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in strengthening rural value chains and offers a novel approach to industrial policy and rural development, issues that have traditionally been addressed separately. The book also sets out the value chain methodology developed by ECLAC and presents a comparative analysis of processes to strengthen rural value chains around commodities, agribusiness products and rural tourism.

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Foreword .-- Introduction / Ramón Padilla Pérez .-- Chapter I. Productive development challenges in the rural areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic / Verónica Quiroz Estrada .-- Chapter II. Rural industrial policy / Ramón Padilla Pérez, Verónica Quiroz Estrada .-- Chapter III. Methodology for strengthening value chains / Ramón Padilla Pérez, Nahuel Oddone .-- Chapter IV. Value chain selection and industrial policy / Caroline Gomes Nogueira, Ramón Padilla Pérez, Francisco G. Villarreal .-- Chapter V. Strengthening value chains in primary and agro-industrial products / Ramón Padilla Pérez .-- Chapter VI. Strengthening tourism value chains in rural settings / Stefanie Garry, Nahuel Oddone .-- Chapter VII. Conclusions / Ramón Padilla Pérez.