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Jordan Treakle
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19/12/2016 6:46 am  

Dear Working Group members -

I’ve recently been trying to explore the topic of territorial development (or the related concept of place-based development) and how this concept is increasingly being mainstreamed and institutionalized in global food/agriculture policy forums. For example, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently stressed the importance of taking a territorial approach in Colombia’s peace-building process to create stronger urban-rural linkages and solidarity, given that the results from the first peace referendum were largely split between ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ communities. But FAO does not have an organizational definition or approach for territorial development, so it’s not clear what is meant by this.

I think this process of institutionalizing territorial development at the international level is quite interesting, given the concept’s political history emerging from Latin America, as well as (in my opinion) it’s innate characteristic of being a locally-driven and bottom-up process of socially-constructing boundaries and strengthening social solidarity, political institutions, and economic autonomy within those boundaries.

So my question for the working group is: what do you all think are the benefits and drawbacks of more top-down processes of institutionalizing territorial development?

 

Some related prompting questions:

-Can territorial development in-fact be a top-down process? If so, are there good examples of ‘local’ communities or stakeholders effectively participating in national or regional territorial development policy processes?

-Given the (re)growing prominence of the ‘place-based’ development discourse, especially in European academia, what are the theoretical differences between place-based and territorial development? And what are the policy implications of these differences?

-Any suggested general research on how place-based development, specifically in food systems and the agriculture sectors, is successfully promoted through national-level policy?

-What are the benefits and drawbacks of standardizing /defining territorial development with indicators that are developed at the global level to be implemented at the local level?

 

 

Any research, case-studies, or thoughts on this topic are most appreciated!


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11/02/2017 5:37 am  
Posted by: ernestinemxiong

 

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