PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Rural development in the highlands of North America: The highlander economic education project
Recently, a series of economic reports have warned of growing poverty and underemployment in the rural South (of the USA). Rural areas are seeing plants close, as jobs move to newly industrialised areas in the Third World where labour can be provided more cheaply. The South, it is argued, can no longer depend upon recruiting outside industry as its strategy for development. Rather, we must turn to a policy that nurtures development from within that encourages and fosters community-based organisation and enterprise as the solution to the needs of rural communities.