Building Better Livelihoods
In many countries where we work, agriculture is a major source of productivity, employment and income provider, and a tool for economic diversification. Promoting the potential for increasing productivity in the agricultural sector is a key element in development and growth in rural economies. Agricultural and rural developments are needed to reduce poverty and narrow the rural-urban divide.
We support sustainable improvement in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers based on understanding the concrete and specific constraints and challenges they face, and on factors and motivations influencing their decisions.
Our long experience from implementing hands-on rural development programmes, together with an understanding of how markets function, enables us to provide valuable expertise and support to the design and implementation of market-driven interventions to integrate smallholder farmers and other actors in agricultural value chains.
We have the practical knowledge to work with all parts of agricultural development, from climate smart agriculture and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, to agricultural financing and plant material research.
The work involves dealing with regulatory frameworks, policies, strategies and sector reform processes, and it includes relevant capacity strengthening of government at all levels, civil society and the private sector.