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Strengthening Rural Institutions

Striving for a world where rural institutions are vibrant and inclusive, and where people are empowered to access equal opportunities... +MORE

Key facts

Producer organizations hold 70% of the coffee market, 76% dairy, 90% pyrethrum, and 95% of cotton

Maple sugar POs produce 35% of the world's maple sugar production

Dairy POs are responsible for 75% of dairy production

Dairy coops collect 16.5 million litres of milk from 12 million farmer members daily

4 million farmers earned income from membership in agricultural cooperatives 

FAO and rural institutions

FAO's work on Rural Institutions, Services and Empowerment (RISE) strives to unlock the development potential of rural areas, reduce inequalities and contribute to the socio-economic empowerment of rural women and men, through four major areas of work:

Territorial approach

Pluralistic service systems

Rural finance

Community mobilization

Guiding framework

  • Anchored in territorial and place-based approaches to national policies and planning that address the spatial dimension of rural poverty and hunger.

  • Development of conducive policies and institutional frameworks for inclusive rural services and finance systems.

  • Social mobilization and empowerment to ensure the active participation of rural women and men in development processes.

Latest documents

Evidence shows that food insecurity, poverty and geographic disparities in developing countries are strongly correlated. The proposed methodology aims to capture the spatial dimension of food insecurity, shed light on how food systems work and understand what determines food security [...]
This publication explores agricultural investment funds as a vehicle for financing agricultural businesses and projects. It looks at the capital needs of the different agricultural actors along the agricultural value chain and taking into consideration investment funds involving all kinds [...]