The strategy of rural development has both an ideological and a methodological dimension. The former relates to ideas concerning preferred societal organizations and relations; the latter to the means and processes of achieving the former. In real life, both dimensions are closely interrelated. For the purposes of providing a clearer perspective on the development process, however, it is possible to separate them. In this book, the emphasis will be on the methodological aspect of strategy, on the means and processes of transforming rural areas so as to ensure greater effectiveness in the interaction between a given society and its environment.