A shot of traditional Asian market at kelantan, Malaysia, named as Pasar siti khadijah. © GIZ/Shilpi Saxena

Rural development

In many developing countries, food security and rural development are ongoing challenges. Most poor people in the world live in rural regions. Based on years of experience and comprehensive know-how, GIZ offers regionally adapted strategies to secure the right to food and make rural development a driver for economic takeoff.

We advise our partners on agricultural and rural development policy. Farmers and associations are involved in decisions and organisational deficits are addressed. This is the only way to give poor people in rural areas access to land, water, loans and training. In cooperation with academic institutions and the private sector, we develop strategies for increasing production and income under changing conditions in agriculture and fishing, in ways which do not burden the environment or reduce biodiversity. At the same time, it is important to develop rural infrastructure and create access to markets.




We help make better use of the existing potential of a region in order to develop local opportunities resulting from demand in national and international markets. Our advisers help optimise value chains and establish global standards for internationally traded products. We secure opportunities for life in rural areas, offering long-term success through sustainable strategies.


*The results data outlined here relate to the review year 2021.

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  • Agricultural policy and rural development

    Rural development and a strong agricultural sector reduce poverty and are the basis for sustainable economic development at all levels.

    Agricultural policy and rural development

  • Food security

    To ensure food security for the world's growing population and effectively combat all forms of malnutrition, the GIZ combines measures from different sectors and addresses all dimensions of food security: availability, access, use, recovery and stability.

    Food security

  • Agricultural-based economic development

    A strong agricultural economy brings social progress by increasing productivity, employment and income.  

    Agricultural-based economic development

  • Agricultural trade and standards

    Increasing consumer demands must not become a trade barrier for agricultural producers in developing countries.

    Agricultural trade and standards

  • Responsible land policy

    Reliable access to land is a basis for rural development. GIZ therefore supports the strengthening of property, ownership and land use rights as well as sustainable spatial and land use planning in the partner countries.

    Responsible land policy

  • Agricultural innovations

    Increasing demands need new agricultural methods and concepts. GIZ promotes innovation through the exchange of expertise.

    Agricultural innovations

  • Sustainable agriculture

    Sustainable agriculture and rising yields - that is not a contradiction in terms. GIZ advises partners who want to decouple consumption from productivity.

    Sustainable agriculture

  • Water in agriculture

    Maintain and increase agricultural production through sustainable water management.

    Water in agriculture

  • Agriculture and climate change

    Agriculture is a victim and contributor to climate change. It must both adapt to the consequences of change and reduce its own emissions of greenhouse gases.

    Agriculture and climate change

  • Aquaculture

    The growing demand for seafood can only be met by aquaculture. However, intensive production must also meet environmental standards.


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