It is impossible to consider the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America or to consider the rural impacts of public policies and programs without taking full account of the international context. The impact of trade agreements and policies on agriculture and on the scale and type of Federal support for crop production, the dramatic consequences for rural small towns of relocating manufacturing activities to other countries, and the global competition for capital, natural resources, and skilled labor and its implications for rural competitiveness, are just a few examples. It also true that rural people and places across the globe have many challenges in common, which have given rise to exciting innovations in policy and practice in different contexts. There is much to be gained for rural America to be exposed to these innovations and for rural America to share its learning with others. RUPRI's International Dialogue program is intended to open up international channels for exchanges of ideas, opportunities, and experiences in rural and regional development among policymakers, academics, and practitioners.
RUPRI continues to develop a set of institutional linkages worldwide that span the competencies of research, policy analysis and engagement, dissemination and outreach, and decision support tools.
Relationships with international organizations
- European Union - Chuck Fluharty was a German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Fellow focusing on the exchange of high level policymakers between the European Union and the United States to encourage dialogue in advance of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the reauthorization of the Farm Bill in 2013.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - principally with the Territorial Development Policy Committee and with the Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development.
- International Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) - RUPRI and IICA signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future collaboration on issues relating to sustainable rural development.
International Comparative Studies
- RUPRI, through Tom Johnson's leadership is a partner in the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer School, a consortium of faculty from eleven universities in Canada, Europe, and the US providing graduate level intensive study for students interested in rural policy issues.
University of Missouri
- The Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs (TSPA) at the University of Missouri (MU) is RUPRI's academic home. The school has many international linkages through students, alumni, and faculty with long-term strategic partnerships with universities in South Africa and Korea, as well as developing relationships in Thailand and Mongolia.