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Rural development

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Food security, hunger and sustainability have a complex two-way relationship with the agricultural sector, influencing its performance while it in turn affects rural livelihoods. A clear example is the well-documented vicious-circle relationship between hunger and food security, whereby hunger prevents people from working effectively and producing enough food, while low food production simultaneously exacerbates hunger and poverty. For these reasons, rural development is most successful when growth in agriculture and growth in the rural non-farm economy mutually reinforce one another.


We develop clear strategies and approaches to rural development issues, highlighting principles to be followed and priority actions (concerning rural communities’ empowerment, land tenure, water management, rural finance) and policy options (incentive and regulatory measures, institutional, investment, rural education). We build on lessons learned, experience and gap assessment.