Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Sustainable rural/regional development by attracting value-added components into rural areas

In developing countries, there is an urgent need to reduce poverty and wage gaps by revitalizing the regional economy. This section describes the process of transferring Japanese initiatives for the local value-adding process, rehabilitating people’s cultural practices, and initiating self-reliance strategies such as the “One Village, One Product” (OVOP) movement, michinoeki (roadside service stations), and shokuiku (dietary education). These unique approaches provide an important model of success in regional development policy.


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