Pathways towards Generational Renewal in Farming and Rural Areas27 October, 2022 - 2:00 pm - 27 October, 2022 - 4:00 pm
Pathways towards Generational Renewal in Farming and Rural Areas
Date: 27 October 2022
Venue: Online via Zoom
The conference focused on the theme of ‘Pathways towards Generational Renewal in Farming and Rural Areas’. Research conducted in the Irish context as part of the RURALIZATION project was presented engaging with the issue of farm generational renewal and the wider question of facilitating new generations in rural areas. The discussion also reflected on the policy implications of the results.
Two case studies were presented on the issue of farm generational renewal. Wider, cross-cutting outcomes and reflections relating to the policy implications included the scope of policy areas the project’s findings have potential relevance for, such as from housing and transport policy at national levels to European level agricultural policy, in particular the CAP and its objective related to generational renewal. The research also raises many challenges for policy and competing needs to balance e.g. the dreams of young people for one-off housing and sustainable rural housing policy; integration and long-term staying of newcomers in rural areas but also balancing the impact on the receiving area (e.g. on house prices); balancing the needs of successors and the retiring farming generation. The policy process also needs attention, relating to how governance happens and the co-creation of polices.