Document Type : Research Paper
Rural development, and its related fields of study such as social sciences, economics, and environment, had various challenges. This paper aims to identify effective factors on rural development as perceived by farmers in Lorestan Province. These factors are: economic, social, environmental, infrastructure and education. Statistical population of the study consisted farmers in Lorestan Province, in which 200 farmers were selected (Cochran's Formula), using multi-stage sampling method. In this study the survey method was conducted and the data were collected using a questionnaire; which its validity and reliability was confirmed by a number of experts in rural development and Cronbach's alpha (α=0.715: factors influencing development of rural areas), respectively. Data were alanyzed using SPSS software. Results showed that the most important factor driving the farmers to be developed is economic. However, infrastructure was scored lowest on rural development by farmers.