Rural Institutions, Services and Empowerment


RISE’s Work Area on Territorial Development involves the use of territorial approaches to food systems transformation and sustainable development, which provide more effective conceptual, analytical and operational frameworks for understanding and addressing the complexities related to: social and economic exclusion, food insecurity, malnutrition, overweight/obesity, environmental sustainability, climate change, urbanization, inequalities, and fragmentation between rural and urban policies. These approaches are place-based, people-centered, multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and multi-level. 

They enable the empowerment of vulnerable groups and their participation in multi-stakeholder governance. They facilitate the articulation and integration of relevant sector policies at different scales of action and the socio-economic dimensions of the use of natural resources. More specifically, they are extremely helpful when it comes to integrating food security and nutrition, family farming, and social protection policies and programmes in the context of ongoing decentralization processes in several countries. They also connect local, regional, national and international scales as well as urban and rural areas, promoting a coherent multi-level governance architecture with more and better social participation. Policy-makers and the private sector can use territorial information to guide and prioritize investments for sustainable food systems.  


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, integrating and promoting spatially-based holistic approaches that capitalize on multi-level opportunities towards rights-based, participatory development.

Through the development and implementation of territorial diagnosis, plans and governance processes which consider production systems, socio-economic contexts, agency and relevant institutions, this Work Area uses territorial analysis to inform the development of more coherent and coordinated territorial policies, programmes investments and governance frameworks. 

Target Group/stakeholders  

The target group/stakeholders include formal and informal community groups in a given territory, as well as the key public and private actors.  

Support Provided 

  • Partnerships: Leveraging partnerships with governments and local communities, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia; Convening FAO/BMZ Territorial and landscape days workshop

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

  • 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).