New Publication: Impacts and costs of embodied and nutritional energy of food losses in the US food system: farming and processing (Part A)

Authors: Marco Pagani, Fabio De Menna, Thomas G. Johnson, Matteo Vittuari. (RPLC members)

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Energy consumption in the food supply chain (FSC) of modern societies represents a major problem given decreasing supplies of fossil fuel resources, climate change concerns, and growing population. This two-part article explores the “twofold energy waste” generated by food losses and waste (FLW): nutritional energy and “embodied energy” used to produce the food. The paper demonstrates how twofold energy waste has a significant impact on USA’s national energy balances. Read more>>

Erasmus Plus project_virtual hub training kits for migrant women

The aim of the virtual hub is to assists migrant women with STEM-studies and/or job experience to develop transversal skills and competences in order to fulfill their potential in labor markets, while, at the same time, supports career advisors/educators in helping migrant women to develop their skills, competences and attitudes to succeed in a STEM-job. The main focus in Europe since it is an European project. In the virtual hub you can find two training kits (EUMentoring) : one for trainers (who work with migrant people, in particular women) and one for migrant women (learners) to help them to improve their soft skills.  Link to the virtual hub https://www.eumentorstem.eu/virtual-hub/ Link to the project web-page https://www.eumentorstem.eu/

Blog: Beer, Bytes and Briefs: What I learned at a rural development conference on Sustainable Communities

By Wayne Kelly

At this year’s event, many fundamental themes arose, and the ones I focused on were those that were most relevant to both my research and my work. My Ph.D. research on digital rural communities meant that I was paying close attention to discussions on rural broadband and digital skills. I also focused on presentations that included innovative examples regarding digital innovation and adoption in rural communities. Read more>>

Reflection on New Researchers’ Forum-CRRF/NAF Conference

The new researchers’ forum held at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation – North Atlantic Forum 2019: Sustainable Communities conference included RPLC/CRRF members, emerging scholars and graduate students. The forum was a round table discussion where participants of different research disciplines shared their research experiences, knowledge and challenges relating to rural research. There were short presentations by RPLC members on “Policy Briefs”, giving more insights on the tips and steps of preparing policy brief based on the findings of the RPLC working group. Read more>>

New Book Released:Plant-Based Diets for Succulence and Sustainability

Edited by Kathleen May Kevany

This collection takes an interdisciplinary look at how the transformation towards plant-based diets is becoming more culturally acceptable, economically accessible, technically available and politically viable. We offer strategies for achieving sustainable food systems without having to forgo succulence, sensuality and sacredness of food.Shifting food systems is one of humanity’s biggest challenges and greatest opportunities. This book explores adaptable and health-promoting plant-based diets, which by their nature can support nourishing environmental, social, ethical, political, and economic outcomes. Read more>> 20% Discount with this Flyer

Launched: State of Rural Canada III: Bridging Rural Data Gaps

The third iteration of the State of Rural Canada series was launched on October 2 at the CRRF-NAF Conference in St. John’s, NL
The State of Rural Canada III: Bridging Rural Data Gaps explores data gaps within range of topics prioritized by practitioners and CRRF members. Topics include economy, demographics, and workforce; health and well-being; conditions and aspirations of Indigenous peoples, environment, climate and food; and culture. Sign up to receive a notification when you are able to read the book online or download for free! http://sorc.crrf.ca/sorc3/

Policy Brief: The Role of Domestic In-migrants for the Revitalization of Marginal Island Communities in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan

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By Simona Zollet & Meng Qu


This brief summarizes the preliminary findings of a research project on domestic urban-to-rural migration to the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. We focus on in-migrants who established small independent businesses on the islands, and particularly those engaged in tourism, creative industries and organic farming. The study explores the motivations, challenges and opportunities associated with living and establishing small businesses in island communities, and the implications for wider processes of revitalization of marginal rural areas. Read more>>

Recent Book Published: Sustainability, Emerging Technologies, and Pan-Africanism


Authors: Thiam, Thierno, Rochon, Gilbert

This book examines the historical antecedents of Pan-Africanism as a driving force of African Unity, carefully studying its major contributors, current institutional status, and potential future growth. It analyzes the facilitative role of emerging technologies, such as high performance computing, telecommunications, and satellite remote sensing in enabling African sustainable development.

Finally, the authors discuss possible ways that the vision of Pan-Africanism can be used today in Africa’s efforts towards unity and sustainable development. Read more>>

ICRPS 2020 Launched

The seventeenth International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute will take place in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, from June 19 to July 3, 2020. The institute will be hosted by the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University and the Brandon University Faculty of Arts.

The institute will convene for fourteen days and will involve approximately 25 graduate students and numerous faculty members from universities around the world. Classroom sessions will be supplemented with field trips and group work in local communities. Read more>>


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