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Rural-urban linkages

We have 17 items tagged with ‘Rural-urban linkages’.
  • Madizini in Tanzania grew from a village into an urban centre, initially because the local sugarcane plantations and factory needed workers. Now the town supports a wide array of businesses (Photo: Jytte Agergaard)

    Reframing food security for an urbanising world

    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 means taking account of changes in both rural and urban contexts. Cecilia Tacoli reports back from a workshop organised with IFAD on some of the issues raised

    10 April 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Informal food vendors in Mathare, Nairobi. Understanding food consumption and how food systems work is essential to support food security (Photo: Cecilia Tacoli/IIED)

    Urbanisation, rural-urban transformations and food systems

    Urbanisation drives profound transformations in rural areas and in food systems, presenting both challenges and opportunities for poverty reduction, rural development and food security. Policies at the local, national, regional and global scales are of critical importance in shaping rural-urban linkages and the political economy of food systems

    31 August 2016 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • The Bairro Proletário do Dique in Rio de Janeiro was settled in the 1960s. The local infrastructure remains poor (Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Is more inclusive urbanisation essential to the 2030 Agenda?

    Efforts to better accommodate rural migrants moving to cities could play an important part in resolving conflicts in the 2030 Agenda and ensuring no-one is left behind

    2 March 2016 | Blog | Urban
  • Mecati Forest, Mozambique: a group of charcoal producers clear trees and prepare to make charcoal. Each year more than eight million bags of charcoal are produced by Mozambique's informal sector (Photo: Mike Goldwater/IIED)

    The informal economy and sustainable development

    The informal economy – broadly defined as economic activity that is not subject to government regulation or taxation – sustains a large part of the world's workforce. It is a diverse, complex and growing area of activity

    20 January 2016 | Project | Sustainable markets
  • A market in Fort Portal (Photo: Sister Haiti, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Making sure Fort Portal's 'modernisation' plan feeds the poor

    An innovative research project in Fort Portal, Uganda is seeking to prevent a rise in inequality as the city modernises

    11 December 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Women selling bananas in a street market (Photo: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Creative Commons via Flickr)


    RurbanAfrica was all about collaboration. Linking rural and urban parts of sub-Saharan Africa and addressing the critical connections, this project championed progress and challenged some of the myths that hinder development

    30 March 2015 | Project | Poverty
  • Jakarta: migrants from rural villages sleeping in an area that they rent for Rp 1.000,- (10 cents Euro) per night per person. There can be more than 50 people living and sleeping in this area at one time (Photo: Henry Ismail, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Stopping rural people going to cities only makes poverty less visible, and stripping migrants of rights makes it worse

    There is growing concern that rural migrants transfer poverty to urban areas, but excluding them is not the solution. Ensuring full citizenship rights to all groups and proactive planning for urban growth are more effective ways to reduce disadvantage and poverty

    18 March 2015 | Blog | Poverty
  • Street food: the debate on food security must adapt to consider how consumption and urbanisation are transforming rural spaces and economies, food systems and food security (Photo: Cecilia Tacoli/IIED)

    If food security is the answer, is it time to change the question?

    The growing number of people living in cities – and changes in rural-urban linkages – are re-shaping our relationship with food. Policymakers need to take note

    23 February 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Myanmar is undergoing rapid economic change and urbanisation. Many new settlements like this one in Lashio lack basic services (Photo: Alex Drainville)

    Introduction to urbanisation and rural-urban linkages

    Understanding urbanisation and the links between rural and urban areas is fundamental to making the most of the global transformations happening around the world, and to challenging the many myths that exist

    2 September 2014 | Article | Poverty
  • Ejura Market in Ghana is an important centre for farmers selling their yam crops (Photo: IITA)

    Rural urban linkages

    Rather than looking separately at urban and rural areas and what matters to each of them, it is vital to look at the linkages between them: it is from here that lasting change will come

    29 August 2014 | Project | Poverty
  • The Multidimensional Poverty Index only has one indicator to assess housing quality – whether floors are made of dirt, sand or dung. So these houses in Manila would not be classified as sub-standard (Photo: Mark Edwards/IIED)

    The Multidimensional Poverty Index: Another underestimate of urban poverty

    Yet another global study has understated the scale and depth of urban poverty, by failing to appreciate the differences between rural and urban contexts

    18 June 2014 | Blog | Poverty
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    Provocation 6: Rural youth today, farmers tomorrow?

    This seminar is the sixth in a series being initiated by the IIED /HIVOS Knowledge Programme: Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets.

    24 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Urban poverty’s hidden dimensions threaten development, new research reveals

    The study, which was conducted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, shows that although urbanization pr

    7 March 2012 | News | Gender
  • Many inhabitants of the city of La Paz in Bolivia live in extreme poverty. A persistent myth is that urban poverty is driven by large numbers of poor migrants (Photo: Lemurian Grove, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Debunking the myths about migration and climate change

    After years of alarmist predictions of hundreds of millions of climate refugees fleeing their homes, there is now a broad-based consensus that while the impacts of climate change will increase the number of migrants, it is not the only factor that drives people to move

    16 November 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • The 2011 monsoon season brought unusually heavy rains and severe floods to many south-east Asian countries. Thailand was worst affected, with large parts of the Thai capital Bangkok under water (Photo: Chrisgel Ryan Cruz, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Thailand's floods: complex political and geographical factors behind the crisis

    The scale of Thailand's floods are unprecedented. In the midst of the crisis, water management has become a politically sensitive matter

    2 November 2011 | Blog | Urban
  • Pakistan: floods and after

    'For a sustainable reconstruction of the physical and social infrastructure of flood ravaged Sindh, it is necessary to understand to what extent the damage caused by the flood is man-made. Some of the broad indicators are obvious'.

    1 September 2010 | Blog | Urban
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