Around 80% of the world's extreme poor live in rural areas. In many developing countries, food security and rural development are ongoing challenges. On the other hand, there is a rural exodus: poor farmers move to the cities in search of income, placing a greater strain on food security.
Our goal is an active agricultural sector that benefits from the potential of local and global agricultural development for food security and poverty reduction. In cooperation with scientists and the private sector, Swisscontact develops strategies to enable sustainable growth of production and income for farmers. We pay special attention that this growth does not happen at the expense of the environment.
Swisscontact works with private and public partners:
Modern agricultural policy must be coordinated with economic development, environmental and social policies in alignment with the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Under this premise, Swisscontact supports rural development at all levels: