Mediterranean countries have strong human, economic and agricultural assets. Despite the existing inequalities, a series of economic, social and demographic indicators show a general improvement in living standards, but there are major disparities between and within countries. In this context, Mediterranean countries share a common problem: youth migration. This is a true squandering of human resources.
Inclusive development ensuring social and territorial cohesion is an absolute priority. Agricultural and rural areas must therefore be promoted as strategic sectors for economic growth and political stability. Besides providing food, these sectors also provide jobs and stability in fragile rural areas where more inclusive policies (both social and economic) must be implemented.
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