The conference will focus on “cities, rural areas, and territories” and will bring together late May in Aix-en-Provence experts from various associated fields: notably agronomy and urban planning. It will be an opportunity to reflect on regional planning issues, to urgently rethink such issues in terms of the relationship between increased urbanization and rural populations.
The balance between these two poles is clearly undergoing major changes.
The figures speak for themselves: since 2008, over half of all human beings live in cities, compared to 14% in 1900. In the four decades ahead, the global urban population will double, an expansion localized within developing countries. Moreover, in rural economies, agriculture itself is losing its importance. Today, 75% of malnourished people live in rural environments!
This paradox, which concerns the crucial issue of food security, will be debated alongside other sustainable development issues during two days of scientific dialogue and solidarity.