Rural areas

Rural Europe is characterised by a diversity of natural areas and cultivated agricultural landscapes. More than half of the European population lives and works in these regions, which have grown slowly over centuries. Changing social and political conditions always lead to new political challenges. For example, demographic change and the associated emigration, the increased mobility of the population, or the globalisation of markets.

Integrated rural development has long been an important field of research and consultancy for the IfLS. We deal with the sustainable development of rural areas and the associated local and global issues of the future. We develop concepts, work in the field of research and consulting, record ecological and social interrelations and evaluate them.

Contact person/s at IfLS: Jörg Schramek (schramek[at], +49 (0) 69/9726683-14) und Simone Sterly (sterly[at], +49 (0) 69/9726683-15)

Projects in the field


Ongoing Evaluation of the Rural Developement Program of Rhineland-Palatinate (EULLE) until 2024

Following an EU-wide invitation to tender, the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forestry, Rhineland-Palatinate commissioned the IfLS with the ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Plan of Rheinland-Pfalz  2014-2020...

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MEPL III - Ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Programme of Baden-Wurttemberg until 2024

Following an EU-wide invitation to tender, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection (MLR) commissioned the IfLS with the ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Plan of Baden-Württemberg 2014-2020 (MEPL III) in...

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Socio-economic analysis and SWOT analysis within the framework of the elaboration of the EAFRD Rural Development Programme of the Federal State of Thuringia (funding period 2014-2020)

The Institute for Rural Development Research has been commissioned by the Federal State of Thuringia to support the elaboration of its EAFRD Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the 2014-2020 funding period. As a basis, a comprehensive...

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Ex-ante evaluation of the Rural Development Programme of Baden-Württemberg 2014-2020 including the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

IfLS has been commissioned to carry out the ex-ante evaluation of the future rural development programme of Baden-Württemberg for 2014-2020 including the strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

The ex-ante evaluation shall contribute to improving...

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GrenzInvest - Needs analysis for investment support in regions with marginal agricultural productivity

Studies have shown that the demand for investment support is lower in regions with marginal agricultural productivity than in favoured areas. This is especially true for the support of agricultural investments (‘Agrarinvestitionsförderungsprogramm’ –...

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FarmPath - towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe

In FarmPath, we propose that increasing sustainability in agriculture is best addressed by enabling flexible combinations of farming models, which vary to reflect the specific opportunity sets embedded in regional culture, agricultural capability,...

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ETUDE – Enlarging the theoretical understanding of rural development

Rural development policies are widening the scope from a focus on farm structures to a broader framework that includes the rural economy as a whole and the quality of life in rural areas. Simultaneously, patterns of governance have started to change:...

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Capitalisation of research results on the multifunctionality of agriculture and rural areas (MULTAGRI)

With a partnership of 26 research organisations from 15 countries this project will provide a complete overview of the research that has been carried out, particularly in Europe, on the different aspects related to the multifunctionality of...

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