The whole world is changing rapidly and rural areas are no exception. Each rural landscape has its own dynamics, opportunities and problems.
In some countries, people are moving to the cities, causing depopulation in the countryside.In others, the Netherlands for example, residential suburbs are putting parts of the countryside under pressure, and areas are deliberately being flooded. Due to globalisation, opportunities and problems from all over the world are coming into ever-closer contact. For example, the opportunity for an Eastern European family farm is to earn additional income from tourism. But on the other hand we face small dilemmas, for example: how can I enjoy nature more? Should I, as a global consumer, drink milk or mango juice? Some areas do face a totally different issue: can a Ugandan farming family for example survive when so many of its members are becoming a victim of HIV/AIDS? These are all questions that will concern you, as a specialist in rural development. Together with those who are directly involved you try to find the best answers, which is an extremely challenging process.
IELTS overall band: 6, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80
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