The Government of Malawi is supporting inclusive growth by integrating persons with disabilities (PWDs) in its Public Works Programme. A recent pilot showed that including PWDs in such schemes allows them to earn income and...more

Over the last few decades, the range of agricultural extension and advisory services as well as the notions of which tools and methods are most suitable have seen fundamental changes. The concept of rural advising has long...more

With its extensive resettlement programme, the Ethiopian government is promising people improved access to government services. In reality, however, its policy is resulting in forced displacement, conflicts over scarce resources...more

Land is a major source of people’s identities and livelihoods as well as being a key asset for households. Land ownership and land use rights crucially affect both equality of opportunity and economic and environmental stability....more

Throughout the world, demand for finite land resources is ever increasing, and can lead to irreversible land degradation, as land is used beyond its “bio-capacity”. Against this background, sustainable land management has become...more

The livestock sector creates livelihoods for an estimated one billion people world-wide. Not only is the consumption of milk, meat and eggs an important source of protein and micronutrients and hence a crucial pillar of food...more

In overcoming hunger and poverty, a special focus must be given to marginalised rural communities –  those people living on the edge of society and having no or limited access to markets or networks to fulfil their basic...more

The reliable provision of high-value goods is just one aspect of developing value-added chains. It is equally important to create a stable demand. But consumer preferences first have to be established before marketing strategies...more

Rural markets play a key role in generating rural income, especially for small farmers. But these markets are often insufficiently developed and/or small farmers cannot access them. What are the reasons behind this, how can...more

Agriculture is the basis for the livelihoods of the rural Congolese population. Yet despite its considerable potential, the sector and its many smallscale producers are barely served by microfinance institutions. The lack of...more

In Sri Lanka and Nepal, many migrant families struggle to make ends meet instead of being able to save part of their received remittances for an investment that would allow them to build the basis of their livelihoods at home....more

Opinions vary on the issue of two billion people with nutritional deficits. While there are those who advocate biofortification, others are opting for a balanced diet with a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables....more

Is organic agriculture, which does not seek output maximisation, able to feed a growing world population, or will it always remain a fine but small niche? Can smallholders in the South achieve stable incomes by converting to...more

Energy poverty is always a prime component of poverty in developing countries, as the former head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Prof. Klaus Töpfer, never tires of emphasising. However, what form can future energy...more

Improving watershed conservation and household food security has been one of the major development challenges in the semi-arid areas of northern Ethiopia. The initial survey by ILRI’s Improving Productivity and Marketing Success...more

Since the 2007/2008 world food price crisis at the latest, the international community has tirelessly reiterated the key role played by the agricultural sector and rural areas in efforts to combat hunger and poverty. The many...more

Good rural governance is key to realising rights, leaving no-one behind and achieving sustainability of rural development programmes. Yet, it does not receive the attention it requires. In a world that is likely to miss the...more

It’s easy to find arguments in favour of raising the degree of farm mechanisation. It’s just as easy to find examples of ambitious mechanisation concepts that failed miserably. Our authors show why and how the individual regions...more

Soil is a precious and scarce natural resource. More than 99 per cent of food world-wide comes from soil ecosystems. Land, of which soil is a key component, not only provides food, but plays a key role in regulating water and the...more

When the international community of states adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will once and for all be a thing of the past. Although it cannot be...more

The tourism industry has become a major economic sector in many developing and emerging countries. In the context of the sustainability debate, tourism and hotel operators are increasingly expected to satisfy the requirements of...more

Trade can make an important contribution to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction provided that it can be made fair and inclusive. This is also reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals, but it is also borne...more

Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia are co-operating on preserving the remaining Guinean contiguous subtropical humid forest areas. Local support is essential in such a venture, and a number of measures have been designed to raise...more

Given that today, two out of five economically active youth around the world are unemployed, or work, but live in poverty, and that alone in sub-Saharan Africa, the youth population is set to double, reaching more than 350...more

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