Rural Institutions, Services and Empowerment

Why Rural Institutions?

Institutions and organizations shape the rules that govern social and economic exchange, regulate access to resources, and determine control over decisions and change processes. Effective and equitable resources are essential for promoting inclusive agricultural and economic growth. The strengthening and transformation of rural institutions is therefore crucial in achieving inclusive and sustainable agri-food systems. Collective actions by communities and producer organizations, alongside participatory governance and enabling policy environments, are the pillars for transforming rural institutions. 

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and FAO Strategic Framework

The strategic narrative guiding the FAO Strategic Framework is the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.  

The work of RISE is closely aligned with the Four Betters and makes a significant contribution to various Programme Priority Areas (PPAs): 

Better Production (BP): RISE contributes to BP4 (Small-scale producers’ equitable access to resources) through its work on community empowerment and small-scale producers, producer organizations’ collective action, pluralistic services systems, inclusive rural finance and territorial development, and BP5 (Digital agriculture) through its work on inclusive digital finance and inclusive digital services. RISE also contributes to BP1 (Green innovation) and BP2 (Blue transformation). 

Better Nutrition (BN): RISE contributes to BN2 (Nutrition for the most vulnerable) through its work on community engagement, healthy diets and territorial food systems, as well as BN1 (Healthy diets for all).  

Better Environment (BE): RISE contributes to BE1 (Climate change mitigating and adapted agri-food systems) through its work on community engagement on adaptation, mitigation and resilience; green finance; and territorial development approaches, as well as BE3 (Biodiversity and ecosystem services for food and agriculture). 

Better Life (BL): RISE contributes to BL1 (Gender equality and rural women’s empowerment) through its work on gender transformative community empowerment, women’s access to rural finance and women’s participation on territorial development; BL2 (Inclusive rural transformation) through its work on territorial development and collective action; BL4 (Agriculture and food emergencies) and BL5 (Resilient agri-food systems) through its work on community empowerment in emergencies and resilience; and BL6 (Hand-in-Hand Initiative) through its work on territorial diagnosis and planning for inclusive investments. It also contributes to BL3 (Achieving sustainable urban food systems) and BL7 (Scaling up investment). 

Furthermore, RISE also contributes towards several Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: Goal 1 (No Poverty); Goal 2 (Zero Hunger); Goal 5 (Gender Equality); Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth); Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities); Goal 13 (Climate Action); Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions); and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).