Agricultural policy and rural areas

800 million people are undernourished or malnourished. The development of the rural environment plays a key role in fighting hunger and achieving economic development. We help ensure that people living in rural regions have access to land, water, loans and education.

Agricultural policy and rural areas

Management of natural resources

The destruction of natural resources often triggers a vicious cycle of poverty and further environmental degradation in developing countries. This makes local development more difficult and has dramatic global effects. We help our partners conserve their natural resources through sustainable management.

Management of natural resources

Agricultural trade and standards

Agriculture is the most important driver of development in rural regions. Globalisation creates new opportunities, but the overall legal framework is often inadequate and knowledge of international standards is lacking. We help our partners deal with issues such as agricultural trade, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as social and environmental standards.

Agricultural trade and standards

Gender and rural development

Women contribute substantially to food security and are usually responsible for rural households’ survival. Despite their significant role, for example in agriculture, women tend to have worse access to resources than men.

We support our partners to improve the situation of women in rural areas.

Gender and rural development