A shot of traditional Asian market at kelantan, Malaysia, named as Pasar siti khadijah. © Zanariah Salam/GettyImages

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.

Rural Development

Food and Nutrition Security

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.

Agricultural Policy

Agricultural Policy 

The agricultural sector provides both food and energy resources and is therefore a key source of income and employment. Therefore it is necessary to design market-oriented development policies for the agricultural sector and link it with relevant policies of other ministries. GIZ supports this process as an honest broker.

Agricultural policy (pdf, 0.31 MB, EN)

Rural Development

Poverty has still a rural face. Therefore we support our partners in promoting the rural regions as viable human habitats and economic areas, as a basis for secure livelihoods and economic growth and as areas in which natural resources are used efficiently and sustainably.

Rural development (pdf, 0.32 MB, EN)

Land Governance

Establishing fair and binding land use rights is one of the pillars of rural development. This safety promotes institutions and a sustainable use of land resources. We support our partner countries not only in developing legislation and legal institutions, but also in establishing an effective and efficient service sector for land management.

Land governance (pdf, 1.65 MB, EN)

Food security / Right to food

Food security tackles the complex causes of hunger and is prerequisite for development at the same time. The advisory services we provide are therefore based on the right to food and focused on the long term. Our aim is to optimise the production and utilisation of foodstuffs, but also to afford all sectors of the population improved access to adequate and balanced nutrition.

Food and nutrition security (pdf, 0.36 MB, EN)

Agricultural Trade, Agricultural Economy, Standards

Standards and food safety

Consumers around the world increasingly are demanding compliance of social and environmental standards as well as safety and wholesomeness of food products. At the same time these standards may not be a barrier to participation in international trade. We give advisory on the effective use of instruments in line with national and international norms.

Sustainability and Quality Standards

Agricultural trade

The marketing of agricultural products plays a key role in the development of rural regions. In order to gain a firm foothold and thrive on the market, our partner countries must structure their national agricultural trade strategies. We support them in this process, mainly in market analyses and the formulation and implementation of the strategy.


Value Chains

The demand for food rises. At the same time suppliers are in competition worldwide and are forced to adjust to the demand of consumers for quality. Therefore the agricultural sector has to be organized along value chains. We support changes in market and promote private-sector solutions in order to increase competitive strength.

Value chains

Fishing, aquaculture, coastal zones

It is imperative that oceans, coastal areas and resources are used sustainably. The economic importance of coastal regions is experiencing steady grow. We promote the implementation of a fisheries policy geared towards sustainability, environmental and social standards for fisheries and aquacultures, the establishment of conservation areas and coastal protection measures.

Coastal Zones, Fisheries and Aquaculture

Local and regional economic development

We support our partners in implementing measures that boost competitive advantages of a region and create an enabling environment for the private sector. Thus we contribute to create local and regional competitive business locations. This reduces geographic disparities and enables sustainable pro-poor growth.

Agricultural Production and Resource Use

Sustainable use of natural resources and production systems in agriculture

The danger of overusing natural resources can only be avoided with production systems, which are ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. We support our partners in implementing concepts for soil conservation, water and agricultural genetic resources. This ensures that ecologically sustainable increases in productivity result in better living conditions for rural areas.

Agricultural production and sustainable use of resources

Agricultural research and rural services

Agricultural research helps further develop sustainable production systems for cropping, livestock farming and breeding and fish farming. Sustainable rural development requires knowledge, information and management services. We support our partners in all matters of national and international agricultural research. We also give advise on how to make use of new scopes to shape rural services.

Agricultural research, innovations, education and extension

Water and Agriculture

Water is increasingly scarce. This situation requires approaches that reduce demand for water while retaining or even increasing productivity and meet ecological requirements. We pursue a holistic integrated approach to water resources and land management and in so doing help achieve sustainable and efficient use of those increasingly scarce resources.

Water and agriculture

Agriculture and climate change

Agriculture is one of the sectors most severely affected by climate change. Therefore GIZ supports partner countries and donor communities in developing and implementing measures to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emission. These are for instance good practises of sustainable agriculture, which save water or help prevent erosion.

Agriculture and climate change

Biological diversity

Conserving the diversity of ecosystems, genes, and plant and animal species is one of the major challenges worldwide. We help our partner countries implement the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. To this end sustainable strategies for the conservation of biodiversity must be developed, which promote economic development without endangering biological diversity.


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