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Rural development and sustainability

Social innovation relates to the development of new forms of organizations and interactions to respond to societal challenges. It is a collective learning process in which different social groups and actors participate and which results in new skills and practices as well as in new attitudes, values, behaviours and governance mechanisms.

Although social innovation is considered as an enabler for a transition towards sustainable agriculture and rural development, there is limited empirical evidence of the extent and outcomes of social innovations and on the supporting conditions. Little is known as to how to support social innovation, in particular in marginalized rural areas where the social structure is most fragile.
This also raises the challenge of promoting institutional capacity building in these areas, at different levels, to develop the social capital and skills required to support the creation of successful social innovation.

Advancement in the knowledge of Social Innovation in Rural environments should consider the:


Socially innovative interventions and studies should also:

For further information about EaSI and social innovation interventions in rural areas, please contact us


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