Rural Institutions, Services and Empowerment


RISE’s Work Area on Territorial Development focuses on the use of territorial approaches for food systems transformation and sustainable development. These approaches provide more effective conceptual, analytical and operational frameworks for understanding and addressing the complexities related to: rural transformation, social and economic exclusion, food insecurity and nutrition, environmental sustainability, climate change, urbanization, inequalities, and fragmentation between rural and urban policies.

These approaches are place-based, people centred, multisectoral, multistakeholder and multilevel.

They facilitate landscape and natural resource management. They enable the empowerment of vulnerable groups and their participation in multistakeholder governance. They are helpful Territorial development when it comes to integrating multisectoral policies and programmes.

They connect local, regional, national and international scales as well as urban and rural areas, promoting a coherent multilevel governance architecture with more and better social participation. Policymakers and the private sector can use territorial approaches to guide and prioritize investments.


The purpose of the Work Area on Territorial Development is to achieve inclusive and equitable development, poverty eradication and environmental sustainability through the adoption of territorial development approaches.

This Work Area uses territorial analysis to inform the development of more coherent and coordinated territorial policies, programme investments and governance frameworks. This is undertaken through the development and implementation of territorial diagnosis, plans and governance processes which consider production systems, socioeconomic contexts, involvement of agencies and relevant institutions.

Target Group/stakeholders  

The target group/stakeholders include the actors in a given territory and their formal and informal institutions at all levels.

Support Provided 

  • Partnerships: Leveraging partnerships with governments and local communities, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia; convening FAO/ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) territorial and landscape days workshop

  • Access to data and information: Comparative analysis of the implementation of territorial diagnosis and planning (Brazil, Cabo Verde, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe); 

  • Instruments: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on selected territories in Brazil; 

  • Supporting institutions: Capacity development through territorial approaches and investments; territorial diagnosis for promoting sustainable territorial food systems and healthy diets; providing technical assistance and capacity building on policy formulation and institutional arrangements for territorial development (Brazil, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Portugal); territorial analysis to support investment options (Hand-in-Hand).