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.

A person and bowl with vegetables represented in schemes and written information about the fight against hunger.

A person together with a scale with vegetables on one side and money on the other side together with information on income in rural space.

A cow and fields represented in schemes together with information on agricultural land use.

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.

Additional information

  • 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 and Nutrition Security

    Food and nutrition security is one of the biggest global challenges of all. The 2030 goal is for all people to have sufficient food available and be able to eat a healthy and sustainable diet.

    Food and Nutrition Security

  • Fisheries

    GIZ, together with its partners, is committed to sustainable fisheries management and the empowerment of small-scale fishers and women in fisheries value chains, with a view to conserving valuable aquatic resources and improving food security, income and economic growth in our partner countries.


  • 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

  • Land governance

    Reliable access to land is a crucial factor when it comes to protecting people’s economic, social and cultural livelihoods. To this end, GIZ supports binding ownership, tenure and land-use rights as well as sustainable spatial and land-use planning in its partner countries.

    Land governance

  • Agricultural innovations

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

    Agricultural innovations

  • Sustainable agriculture and agroecology

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

    Sustainable agriculture and agroecology

  • 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

  • Sustainable aquaculture

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

    Sustainable aquaculture

  • Marine conservation

    The world's oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet and are crucial to our well-being, ecologically, economically and culturally.

    Marine conservation

  • Sustainable land management and desertification control

    Wrong use and climate change are turning more and more land into desert. Together with its partners, GIZ is taking countermeasures.

    Sustainable land management and desertification control

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Die albanische Moderatorin Fatma Haxhialiu, eine Frau mit blonden Locken, lächelt fröhlich in die Kamera, im Hintergrund eine Gruppe von männlichen Jugendlichen

Sustainable business practices: a role model at the market


An indigenous woman is harvesting a cocoa pod in an Ecuadorian forest.

Savouring chocolate, saving the forests


Die Bäuerin Ebari Lomeri steht in einem Gewächshaus in Nordkenia.

Growing vegetables (almost) without water