Rural Industrial Policy and Strengthening Value Chains

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This book underscores the need for a rural industrial policy that promotes a structural change based on innovation, greater value added and better employment and living conditions, all in harmony with the environment. The proposal builds on the experience of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in strengthening rural value chains and offers a novel approach to industrial policy and rural development, issues that have traditionally been addressed separately. The book also sets out the value chain methodology developed by ECLAC and presents a comparative analysis of processes to strengthen rural value chains around commodities, agribusiness products and rural tourism.

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Strengthening tourism value chains in rural settings

Tourism is a social, economic and cultural phenomenon in which people travel to destinations away from their normal place of residence, for either personal or business purposes. The structure and governance of tourism value chains tend to be quite complex. Demand is made up of different market segments and subsegments. Tourists travel for many different reasons and seek increasingly specific services. For example, in the ecotourism subsegment there is a highly specific demand for tour operators, travel agencies, excursions, hotels and restaurants. The increasing use of certifications and quality seals has raised the standard of service and the expectations of tourists.

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