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Rural population ageing and sustainable rural development: Report on a brainstorming workshop

FAO headquarters
Rome, Italy
12 December 2003

The report presents an overview of a one-day brainstorming workshop organized by FAO in order to: (1) discuss the implications of ageing for agriculture and rural development, (2) identify research needs and explore ways of developing appropriate indicators, and (3) outline options for appropriate policy responses.

Population ageing has many important socio-economic effects. In rural areas, it has major implications for the composition of the agricultural labour force, patterns of agricultural production, management of natural resources, and consequently for food security and social organization in general. FAO has a long-standing interest in rural ageing and has identified work on this topic as a key component of its activities to encourage sustainable rural development.

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