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FACTORS NEEDED FOR RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Rural Economic development

Rural Economic development. True development in the country can be attained when the rural settings are developed. The rural settings in Africa are the areas where most people make their home. Thus to realize economic development in our countries we need to develop the rural settings.

The rural area in many places in the world is a home of many people. The rural setting is preferred by many because life in the rural is cheap and most services are in their natural manner; in the rural people breath fresh air, they eat natural foods and many other natural services.

However, there is need for improving the many basic services that people need to have a happy and fulfilled life. The needs include education, health facility, water, reliable source of energy, communication, transport and on and on.

Many rural areas need improvement of water as there are still challenges in many rural areas since they do not have reliable source of water. Water is important as all necessary activities in life depend on water for their execution and thus we really need to make sure that people have proper access to water.

Energy is necessary for everyday human activities as it is needed for carrying out all daily activities. Cooking is necessary as human beings do need to eat every day; the source of energy for that activity is poor in many rural areas. Many rural people use firewood and charcoal as a source of energy; this source of energy is detrimental to human life and to the environment too. Therefore, there is need of improving this source of energy so as to improve the rural life in the world.

The monumental change that need to be taken is that of establishing universities in the rural settings. When a University is established in the rural areas then many other services will be established so as to accompany such a higher learning institution. Some of the services that will follow a university include a  water reliable supply, electricity accessibility, security services, religious services, financial institutions such as banks, and others. The transportation system will have to be improved, a housing sector has to be well off, a health sector needs to be given attention at, shopping facilities such as markets, malls will have to be established. You can see that such a university could contribute so much to rural development.

You can see that just one institution helps in changing things in an area. A good example of what I am talking about it here is that of a town in Alice in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The town of Alice has relatively developed thanks to the presence of the University of Fort Hare.

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