The RLA was established in 1965 and has the following objectives:
a) Improve the quality of rural life by emphasizing family, community, and environmentally responsible values.
b) Create learning opportunities by helping rural residents to rediscover the nature of rural community life, to identify local needs, and to find effective means of actions to meet those needs.
c) Foster the organization of forums and seminars for the study and advocacy of policies designed to strengthen the self-determining and self-managing capacities of rural communities.
d) Connect groups and organizations with rural clientele so that they can focus on rural issues through research, discussion and action.